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.


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

Behind-the-Scenes University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus Tour $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

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!


 Welcome Dinner (5:30 Cash Bar Opens) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $35
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Oswald Visitors Center, Chaska



Whole Conference $225
Register by May 15, receive a $10 Gift Certificate for the Arboretum Gift Store

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

Saturday - 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

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


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.


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

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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.

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.