Photograph by Michael Ableman, from the book Fields of Plenty (Chronicle Books 2005). 

Registration is open!Upper Midwest Regional Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Conference 2018

Our Plants, Our Planet, Our Volunteers                          

Experience empowering speakers, enhance your horticulture knowledge, attend exclusive workshops, network with your peers, and explore ways to inspire and engage your community in sustaining a healthy planet, through healthy plants, for healthy people.


REGISTRATION

Pre-Conference
THURSDAY, JUNE 14

Register Behind-the-Scenes Bailey Nursery Tour
$75, Includes transportation from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and lunch
Please note: All tour attendees must ride the bus to and from Bailey Nursery

Register Behind-the-Scenes University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center, Good Acre High Tunnel & Horticulture Research Center Tour $30
$30, includes transportation from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and afternoon snack
Please note: All tour attendees must ride the bus to and from the St. Paul Campus and HRC

Register Master Gardener Arboretum Self-Guided Tour 
*FREE*, includes "Origami in the Garden", Arboretum Obscura Self-Guided Tour, a visit to the Anderson Horticultural Library, and much more!

Register Welcome Dinner 
$35, includes dinner buffet and cash bar
(5:30 Cash Bar Opens) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Oswald Visitors Center, Chaska

Whole Conference
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 and SATURDAY, JUNE 16

Register Whole Conference*
$225

Friday Keynote + all Friday Sessions
Includes coffee, breakfast, lunch & afternoon snack

Saturday Keynote + all Saturday Sessions
Includes coffee, breakfast, lunch & afternoon snack

*This registration option does not include Thursday pre-conference tours nor Welcome Dinner

Single-Day Registration

Register Friday Keynote + all Friday Sessions
$125, 
includes coffee, breakfast, lunch & afternoon snack
Register Saturday Keynote + all Saturday Sessions
$125, 
includes coffee, breakfast, lunch & afternoon snack


Announcing 2018 Conference Keynote Speakers!

Tom Smarr
Horticulture & Natural Areas Director
21st Century Parks Inc.
Louisville, Kentucky

Tom Smarr is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in horticulture, botanic gardens, conservation, and organic landscaping. He holds a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  He has worked for established institutions such as the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle, WA and New England Wild Flower Society’ botanical garden “Garden in the Woods” in Framingham, MA.  But Tom’s most notable work has been leading horticulture management at new urban designed parks starting with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston, MA built on top of the infamous “Big Dig” and the High Line in New York City. He now leads horticulture and natural areas design and management for Parklands of Floyds Fork, an almost 4,000 acres parks project opened in 2016 by 21st Century Parks Inc. located in Louisville, KY.

Tom speaks widely on the importance of modern parks in urban society along with current horticulture design trends with plants and ecologically sustainable practices. He is committed to the preservation of our cultural landscapes through sensible design, horticulture practices, and public education.

Marla Spivak

Dr. Marla Spivak
Distinguished McKnight University Professor Apiculture / Social Insects
University of Minnesota 

Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Recent awards include the 2015 Minnesota AgriGrowth Distinguished Service Award, the 2016 Siehl Prize laureate for excellence in agriculture, and the 2016 Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Earth Award. She and Gary Reuter bred a line of honey bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, to defend themselves against diseases and parasitic mites. Current research includes studies of the benefits of plant resins (propolis) to honey bees, and the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on bee health. Marla's interest in bees began when she worked for a commercial beekeeper in New Mexico in 1975. She obtained her PhD from the University of Kansas in 1989 on the identification and ecology of Africanized and European honey bees in Costa Rica.  She was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona before coming to the University of Minnesota in 1993. 


In order to provide access for those who need financial assistance with registration, please contact your local Master Gardener Coordinator/Leadership, if local financial assistance is not available, contact ArbEdu@umn.edu.



Register                          

Pre-Conference Tours     

Agenda                           

Confirmed Speakers        

Poster Showcase             

Meet Your Planning Team   

Additional Information     

Area Accommodations      

Endorsing Organizations
and Sponsors     

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QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION?

Call 612-301-1210
Email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Achieve your CE Goal!
Continuing Education*


Certificates of attendance will be available for:

  • Extension Master Gardeners
  • Extension Master Naturalists
  • Tree Care Advisors
  • Others, by request

* Certificates of Attendance must be submitted to your governing organization in order to determine if hours are eligible for continuing education credit. Contact your county/region for more information.