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

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 COMING SOON!
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Save the Dates 

Thursday, June 14, 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Garden Bus Tours and Evening Welcome Reception

Friday, June 15, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Friday Breakfast, Keynote, lunch, Sessions, Snack at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN
Saturday, June 16, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Saturday Breakfast, Keynote, lunch, Sessions & Snack at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

Announcing a 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker!

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.


Call 612-301-1210

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

Meet Your Planning Team

Recommended Conference Accommodations:

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
Chanhassen, MN
- (800) 830-5222
Chanhassen Inn
- 800-242-6466
Holiday Inn Express Chanhassen - 952-401-8850
AmericInn Chanhassen - 952-934-9888

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.