Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Statewide Conference 2017 
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.

Friday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
St. Paul Garden Bus Tour; Friday Keynote, Sessions & Evening Entertainment at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

Saturday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Breakfast, Friday Keynote, lunch & Sessions at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN
 


 

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WHOLE CONFERENCE (Friday + Saturday)

 

Whole Conference WITHOUT Friday Morning Bus Tour $130
     Friday: Friday keynote/sessions/dinner & entertainment; 
     Saturday: Saturday keynote/sessions/breakfast/lunch
 
  Whole Conference WITH Friday Morning Bus Tour $160 - FULL
     Friday: Friday keynote/sessions/dinner & entertainment; 
     Saturday: Saturday keynote/sessions/breakfast/lunch

A La Carte Pricing
ONLY FRIDAY, JUNE 23

Friday: Behind-the-Scenes bus tour $30 - FULL.
Friday: Friday Keynote + all Friday Sessions  1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
$30 (includes snack)
Friday: Evening Entertainment 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$30 (includes Bee-Bee-Q Dinner)

ONLY SATURDAY, JUNE 24
 

 
Saturday: Saturday Keynote + all Saturday Sessions 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$70 (Includes Breakfast and lunch)




Registration Questions? Call 612-301-1210 to speak to a conference registrar

 

AGENDA
Friday, June 23


8:30 a.m. This Friday morning bus tour is FULL.
Board Bus at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TOUR:

RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - ST PAUL CAMPUS
Board a bus at the Arboretum with fellow Extension Master Gardeners for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of research fields, demonstration gardens, and labs that are usually only accessible to University of Minnesota faculty and students. Hear directly from the researchers on their turf (pun intended...the turf grass research plots are a stop on the itinerary), about the latest groundbreaking science taking place. Highlights of the tour also include Organic Fruit Fields and Research Gardens.

Tour Lunch

  • Mediterranean chicken
  • Falafel
  • Tabbouleh
  • Vegetable kebobs
  • University of Minnesota Dairy Barn Ice Cream featuring Minnesota Sundae (honey base with sunflower seeds) and Gopher Gold (French Vanilla with Raspberry swirl)  





Noon

REGISTRATION STATION OPENS 
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
for Friday Sessions 



1:30 p.m.

CONFERENCE WELCOME




1:45 p.m.

Friday Keynote
GARDENING IN A POST-WILD WORLD
Thomas Rainer, Author, Gardening in a Post-Wild World
Thomas Rainer is a horticultural futurist fascinated by the intersection of wild plants and human culture. A landscape architect by profession and a gardener by obsession, Thomas has worked on projects such as the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, but is happiest puttering in his small garden in Washington, D.C.

Thomas thinks you should use more natives, plant more daringly, and loosen up that landscape, for crying out loud.
click to view Friday session descriptions

  Pacific Horticulture believes in beautiful gardens connected to the world at large. This video was produced as a part of the Summit 2016 Resource Guide. Find out more at www.pacifichorticulture.org
 


3 p.m.

BREAK/SNACK

Enjoy a cuppa Joe and a light snack, mingle, network, and explore the Arboretum gardens in summer splendor.



NEW FOR 2017:
NO NEED TO PRE-SELECT SESSIONS 
Simply show up to any sessions you desire! It couldn't get any easier.
 




3:30 p.m.
 

SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS

click to view Friday session descriptions
 
  • Research Update
  • FRUIT TREES FOR SUSTENANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
    Emily Hoover, University of Minnesota Professor, Morse Distinguished Teaching Professor of Horticulture; Head of the Department of Horticulture Sciences
  • Research Update
    ENDANGERED MINNESOTA PLANTS & POLLINATORS
    Adam Regn Arvidson, FASLA, Minneapolis Parks & Rec Board and Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota Extension
     
  • Climate Change and Phenology
    THE HUMAN EFFECT
    David Tilman, Regents' Professor, McKnight Presidential Chair; Ecology, University of Minnesota  
     
  • Climate Change and Phenology
    THE GARDEN EFFECT
    Rebecca Montgomery, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
     
  • Public Engagement
    COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY
    Theresa Rooney & Beth Beck, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers 
     
  • Public Engagement
    ENGAGE WITH HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES
    Ariel Dressler, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Family Programs
     
  • Train the Trainer
    HEALTHY LAWNS
    Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota Extension



5:30 p.m.

BREAK

Grab a cocktail from the cash bar, get to know fellow Master Gardeners, and explore the lush Arboretum grounds and fun exhibits



6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
EVENING DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT

You are invited to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Minnesota Master Gardner Program!
  • 'Bee-Bee-Q' Dinner & 40thCelebration Cake
  • Drinks & Cocktails
  • Acoustic band
  • Make your own Bee Bundle to house native bees in your own backyard
  • Private access to Explore the Bee Center exhibits
  • Stroll the Garden for Pollinators
  • Preview the plans for the Master Gardener State Headquarters
   
AGENDA
Saturday, June 24
 
7:30 a.m.
REGISTRATION STATIONS OPENS
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
for Saturday sessions


8:30 a.m.

CONFERENCE WELCOME

featuring
the Extension Master Gardener State Office Staff 


9 a.m.

Saturday Keynote
MAKING SENSE OF THE SOIL FOOD WEB

Jeff Lowenfels,
attorney-turned-garden columnist better known as "America's Dirtiest Lawyer"

Lowenfels is not only smart, but a very funny guy and some say, a better public speaker than Bernie Sanders. (OK, Lowenfels says that.) If you attend his keynote, he promises that you will finally put to use 10th-grade biology lessons as you make sense of the soil food web.
Learn more about the keynote on the Saturday session descriptions page.

Check out the video below to learn more about why Lowenfels is such a good guy: He founded the program, Plant a Row for the Hungry, which donates more than 20 million pounds of produce to feed the hungry every year.

 



10 a.m.

PANEL DISCUSSION: PARTNERSHIPS FOR POLLINATORS

click to view Saturday session descriptions
 


11 a.m.

BREAK 

Enjoy a cuppa Joe, mingle, network, and explore the Arboretum gardens in summer splendor.


NEW FOR 2017:
NO NEED TO PRE-SELECT SESSIONS 
Simply show up to any sessions you desire! It couldn't get any easier.
 



11:30 a.m.

SESSIONS

click to view Saturday session descriptions
  • Boost the Backyard
    WOODY ORNAMENTALS FOR POLLINATORS
    Heather Holm, horticulturist, biologist and author of "Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide." 
     
  • Research Update
    BEE LAWNS
    James Wolfin, graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Spivak bee lab and the Watkins turfgrass science lab
     
  • Biodiversity
    HEIRLOOM & HERITAGE VEGETABLES YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF YET
    Christy Marsden Extension Educator and Education Manager, University of Minnesota


12:30 p.m.

LUNCH 

Make-Your-Own Tex Mex Bowls

Choose from these ingredients and more to create your own bowl!
  • Cilantro Rice & Brown Rice
  • Seasoned Grilled Chicken
  • Cuban Black Beans
  • Charred Corn & Roasted Fajita Peppers
  • Assortment of Sauces including Mole, Queso, Salsas, Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • and more!  


NEW FOR 2017:
NO SESSION 
PRE-SELECTION

Simply show up to any sessions you desire! It couldn't get any easier.
 



1:30 p.m.

SESSIONS
 
click to view Saturday session descriptions
      
  • Boost the Backyard
    EFFECTIVE AND ACCEPTABLE WAYS TO USE NATIVES IN GARDENS & LANDSCAPES
    Lynn Steiner, Upper Midwest garden writer and former editor of Northern Gardener magazine, author of "Northern Natives" column and many books.  
     
  • Boost the Backyard
    REALLY COOL PLANTS FOR NORTHERN GARDENS
    Don Engebretson, The Renegade GardenerTM, nationally recognized authority on landscaping and garden design
     
  • Research Update
    BENEFITS OF NATIVE GRASSES
    Dr. Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Horticultural Science faculty, Extension/outreach and research  
     
  • Research Update
    AZALEAS - NEW CULTIVARS
    Stan Hokansen, Professor, University of Minnesota, research in Woody Landscape Plants, Breeding and Genetics
     
  • Train the Trainer
    FLOWERS FOR POLLINATORS 
    University of Minnesota Extension Experts  


3:30 p.m.

VISIT THE ARBORETUM SUMMER EXHIBITS 

View collections and visit the summer exhibits featuring Treehouses and Kaleidoscopes!

   



Photos: Jie Xu/Shutterstock (header image), Shutterstock (plant scientist), Bee Lab (Bee Lab garden), Gayle Fleming (Registration), Jill Leenay (welcome/sessions/cocktail break/evening entertainment group/panel), Thomas Rainer (Thomas Rainer) , Mark Weber (evening entertainment Bee Center), Todd Mulvihill (garden tours)

 


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.

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Oak Ridge - 952-368-3100
Chanhassen Inn
- 800-242-6466
Holiday Inn Express Chanhassen - 952-401-8850
AmericInn Waconia - 952-442-8787

Achieve your CE Goal!
Continuing Education*

FRI EXCLUSIVE TOUR - 3 hours
FRI KEYNOTE/SESSIONS - 3 hours
SAT KEYNOTE/SESSIONS - 5 hours


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.