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Minnesota Statewide Extension Master Gardener Conference

Our Plants, Our Planet, Our Volunteers

Friday, June 12, 2020
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

Master Gardener Logo   The Arboretum Logo

The 2020 Conference will include a pre-conference Online Apple Learning Module Workshop, and three in-depth tracks: Fauna in your Flora, Resilient Landscaping, and Trees.
Learn the relationship between environmental change and species loss. Through ecosystem services of landscapes, and using the right design and plant selection, our landscapes can better support the web of life around us, providing food and shelter for insects and animals that are crucial to our local environments.


FRIDAY, JUNE 12 - Pre-conference workshop introducing online Apple learning module
FREE for Master Gardener Volunteers who are registered for the conference
$15 for Master Gardener Volunteers who are not registered for the conference

Register FRIDAY, JUNE 12
$65 includes afternoon sessions and snack

FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Farm at the Arb Party
$15 includes Summer Kitchen samples


$110 includes morning and afternoon sessions, morning coffee/breakfast, lunch, and snack


FRIDAY, JUNE 12 includes Farm Party, afternoon sessions, and snack
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 includes morning and afternoon sessions, morning coffee, lunch, and snack

2020 Conference Keynote Speakers

Guy Sternberg

1:45 p.m.
Friday Keynote
Guy Sternberg

Tough Trees for an Evolving Climate

Guy Sternberg shares examples of the trees that may be successful in our uncertain future. Explore a selection of adaptable landscape trees and see some memorable examples of how well they can adjust to urban conditions, poor drainage, soil problems, and that gorilla-in-the-closet concern for the future: climate destabilization. He will emphasize native species but also touch upon some others to consider, or to avoid.


Ben Vogt

9:00 a.m.
Saturday Keynote
Benjamin Vogt

A New Garden Ethic

In a time of mass extinction and climate change, how and for whom we garden matters more than ever. Our built landscapes reflect social ethics and values that guide our response to reviving wildness in and outside the urban environment. How can we recognize and develop compassion for other species? What role does native plants have in opening us to the perspectives of others? What happens to our society when we advocate for the equality and freedom of a silent majority? Through ecology, psychology, landscape design, horticulture, philosophy, and social science, we'll explore the rich complexity of rethinking pretty and what a garden means in the anthropocene. 



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

Committee Photo
The 2020 Conference Planning Committee
invites you to join us on June 12th & 13th!*



Confirmed Speakers

Fauna in Your Flora Track

 Resilient Landscapes Track

 2020 Trees Track


Holiday Inn Chanhassen  Holiday Inn & Suites, Chanhassen-
  Conference rate:  $139.00 plus tax 

As a partner of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Holiday in Express & Suites offers Arboretum visitors hotel discounts. The hotel is just a few minutes east of the Arboretum in downtown Chanhassen.


Sitka Salmon Shares
Silver Exhibitor Level
Coho Salmon Lunch Donation


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.

*2020 Conference Planning Committee: Melinda Ludwiczak, Beth Beck, Lori Murphy, Deb Reierson, Paul Wood, Deb Revier, Diana Rankin & Hillary Freeman