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Upcoming Events for Minnesota

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@sbsmags.com.

 

 

Through January 1, St. Paul
Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Be part of a tradition begun in 1925 with a visit to the Holiday Flower Show, featuring mostly pink poinsettias with traces of white throughout the garden, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

December

 

December 1, 2, 3, Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Holiday Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Kick off the holiday season with gifts handmade by Auxiliary volunteers. Natural materials featured in arrangements, wreaths, fresh greens, and botanicals. Unique gift items including textiles, ornaments, and pressed flower specialties. All proceeds go to support the Arboretum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 1 and 2; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 3.


 
December 2-January 1, St. Paul
Holiday Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Be part of a tradition begun in 1925 with a visit to the Holiday Flower Show featuring mostly pink Poinsettias with traces of white throughout the garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



December 7, Chaska
Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Making
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Create a holiday wreath using fir, cotton bolls, lunaria, and snow berries, while sampling local wines. Instructors: Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $89 members/$99 nonmember.



December 9, Chaska
Williamsburg Pineapple Centerpiece
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the history of pineapples as a symbol of hospitality and create your 18th-century centerpiece using fresh evergreens, boxwood, ivy, crabapples, small cones, ribbon, and a fresh pineapple. Instructor: Theresa Mieseler, Arboretum horticulture and botanical workshop specialist, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $65 members/$75 nonmember.

 

January

 

January 2-4, Minneapolis
Northern Green
Minneapolis Convention Center

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association’s horticulture trade show and educational conference. Information: northerngreen.org or 651-633-4987.



January 6, 20, February 3, 17, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. Develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $139 member/$155 nonmember.



January 11 and February 8, Chaska
Edible Garden Year
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Christy Marsden and Laura Vogel for an introduction to vegetable gardening, from tools and location to the growing season and finding good resources. Put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape and leave with a strategy to tackle your vegetable garden plan for the year. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



January 13, St. Paul
Winter Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Get out of the cold Minnesota winter and explore the Winter Flower Show in the Sunken Garden.



Through January 22, St. Paul
Insect Pollinators – Beyond the Honeybee – Volume 2
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Visit photographer Bill Johnson’s exhibit of 40 new 12x18 prints of various insect pollinators, some common, some not so common. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



January 20, Chaska
Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky Bluegrass to Low Maintenance Options
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


Design, convert, and care for a “No Mow” lawn in your own yard. Leave with comprehensive information and the knowledge you need to get started this spring. Instructor: Douglas Owens-Pike, author of Beautifully Sustainable, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.



January 20, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn tried-and-true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds and take home several seed-based projects. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



January 27-28, St. Paul
Winter Carnival Orchid Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Exhibit of gorgeous orchids grown by members of the Orchid Society of Minnesota. Talk with orchid growers and purchase orchids, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.



January 27, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn correct preparation of cuttings and layers, as well as the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

February



February 3, Chaska
Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Discover what plants will best fit your location, species they attract, and what simple non-plant additions are needed. Instructor, Julie Boden, gardener and nature enthusiast, 9:30 a.m. to noon Cost: $30 member/$42 nonmember.



February 3, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the different methods of grafting and practice the techniques to make several grafts. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Be inspired as Michael Heger, owner of Ambergate Horticultural Consulting, walks you through his selection process, including flower shape, foliage color texture and plant form, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Science of Plant Propagation: Soil

Know and understand the soil in which you grow your plants. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 10, Chaska
Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the basic principles of pruning that are essential for the long-term health, vigor, and productivity of your trees.  Spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting). Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.



February 17, Chaska
Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines, and Herbaceous Species
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn when and how to prune and train these landscape plants for long-term health, vigor, and beauty and how to avoid common mistakes that can cause physiological and aesthetic damage. Spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting). Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

February 17, Chaska
Early Spring Beauties: Woodland Wildflowers and How to Grow Them in Minnesota
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Steve of Kelley of Kelley Nursery for a refresher on wildflowers, both native and nonnative. Discuss their culture and propagation and best practices for including them in your own garden, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



February 24, Chaska
Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Comprehensive information you need to establish your own prairie community in spring. Bring an internet-accessible device, such as a laptop or a smart pad, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $35 member/$47 nonmember.



February 24, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1
University of Minnesota

Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab help you get started in beekeeping for a successful first year, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/education/ or 612- 624-6740.



February 25, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 2
University of Minnesota

Learn how to maintain healthy bee colonies long term. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information: beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/education/ or 612- 624-6740.

 

March



March 2, Chaska
6th annual Schoolyard Garden Conference
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Whether you are a beginner or schoolyard garden veteran, this one-day conference teaches innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging everyone in a thriving schoolyard garden, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Arboretum Members and Conference Affiliates/$75 General Admission. m

 

State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.