Minnesota Plants
Webinar Series

minnesota plants summer flower header, credit MiriamDoerrMartinFrommherz/shutterstock

Minnesota Plants: A Summer Webinar Series

(13) Sessions: Live every Tuesday, June 1 - August 24, 2021, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Central Time

A Collaboration with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota State Horticultural Society, and Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association


$30 Member of: Arboretum, MSHS, or MNLA; or MN Master Gardener/$40 non-member, includes live and recorded access to 13 webinars and their accompanying digital handouts and resources (Limit 500)

The registration screen will say August 24 (the last session date). Registration includes ALL 13 SESSIONS.

Click to watch video about the Minnesota Plants Webinar Series (1 min)


The Summer Webinar Series will help you to appreciate plants in their peak season, tackle pests and problems with expertise, identify new plants on your hikes, and much more!

Calling all gardeners, landscapers, and nature enthusiasts- this new weekly webinar series is for you! Join local horticultural experts for a closer look at the plants that grow in Minnesota. You'll virtually explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, and more! Each expert will have a unique perspective to share, from ecological to commercial. You'll gain a greater appreciation of the green that makes Minnesota so beautiful, and get tips and tricks for your own garden.

Earn Continuing Education Credits, as applicable

How it works
Register for the series and get access to all 13 webinars- live and recorded! Each webinar will include a 30-45 minute presentation with time for questions along the way. Webinars will be recorded and available afterwards on a website with handouts and recommended resources.

Your confirmation email will include a Zoom link and instructions, plus a link to the Minnesota Plants website with the schedule, links, resources and more. Each Tuesday you will receive a reminder email and link for the evening’s webinar. Recordings will be available within two business days of each webinar.

Busy schedule, can't watch live?
No problem, you never have to miss a session! Recordings and handouts of each session will be available to watch on demand when you want, as often as you desire! Recordings will be posted within two days after each session and will be available for one year.

Is there a deadline to register?
There is NO deadline to register. All sessions are recorded registered participants will be given access to those recordings as part of the series! So you can register as late as the last session in August and still get access to all the recordings of the previous sessions...you receive the full value of the series no matter when you register!

Series Schedule
foraging mushrooms in a forest, photo Storyblocks Foraging in Minnesota Woodlands- or Your Own Backyard!
Tuesday, June 1, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Gary Wyatt, UMN Extension Educator in Agroforestry
Foraging- searching in the wild for edible or decorative items to harvest- can be a fun activity, but there are some things you need to know to get started! Gary will talk about how to gather foods and decoratives from Minnesota woodlands, state laws to consider, and what you could plant in your own backyard! We'll cover hazelnuts, elderberry, dogwoods, willows and more. 
female farmer working in crops, Loon Organics, from Natalie Hoidal UMN Extension
photo: Loon Organics, from Natalie Hoidal, UMN Extension
Minnesota-Grown Vegetables
Tuesday, June 8, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Natalie Hoidal, UMN Extension Educator, Local Foods and Vegetable Production
While many of us enjoy growing our own vegetables in our yards, community gardens or balconies, locally grown vegetables are an essential part of our food system! Join Natalie for an in-depth look at Minnesota's commercial vegetable growers, stories about the challenges they face, and the best ways to source locally grown produce. You'll also learn some tips and tricks for your own vegetable plot along the way.
edible landscaping, photo Rhonda Fleming Hayes
photo: Rhonda Fleming Hayes
Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty
Tuesday, June 15, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator, Horticulture
Gorgeous plants and delicious homegrown food both have a place in gardens! Julie will show you how to make good plant choices, and how to creatively mix and match for your desired garden look.  She will also cover sustainable garden practices for healthy plants.
Japanese beetles eating a plant and being a garden pest Dealing with Pests: An Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Tuesday, June 22, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Erin Buchholz, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a strategic approach to pest problems in your garden. Erin will share the concept of IPM and how it is used at the Arboretum to deal with pests from pathogens to wildlife. You'll learn how you can use IPM to effectively deal with pests in your own garden using research based knowledge and the safest techniques.
Invasive buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica, Anemone Projectors CC BY-SA2.0/WikimediaCommons
photo: Anemone Projectors CC BY-SA 2.0/Wikimedia Commons
Invasive Species: Why They Matter and What You Can Do
Tuesday, June 29, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Angela Gupta, Forestry Extension Professor and Educator, University of Minnesota Extension 
and Nathan Meyer, Statewide Director, Extension Master Naturalist Program
What's the deal with invasive plants and species? Join Angela for an introduction to the topic, highlighting some common species you may see in your garden or on your walks- garlic mustard, buckthorn, and jumping worms. She will discuss how you can actively help to manage these species, including identification and reporting through iNaturalist, EDDMapS apps, and the Invasive Plant Control Database. 
garden in the shade, photo Jason Boudreau-Landis
photo: Jason_Boudreau-Landis, APS
Landscaping for Shade
Tuesday, July 6, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator, Horticulture
Shade in a garden can be a place of cool respite. It can also be challenging when choosing plants and developing a landscape.Julie will provide some inspiration for shade gardens as well as present some reliable plants for shady sites.
green plant doctor bag, pixabay Diagnosing Your Plant Problems
Tuesday, July 13, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Erin Buchholz, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Mid-summer is often the time we start seeing problems with our outdoor plants- but what is causing the problem and how can we fix it? Join Erin for an introduction to plant diagnostics, including an overview of the issues that can cause problems and some basic observations you can use to narrow down what you're dealing with. We'll also share more about how you can use "Ask a Master Gardener" to get accurate diagnoses and research-based advice.
Native shrub Serviceberry, MarkMacLennan/APS
photo: Mark MacLennan, APS
Garden Visions: Native Shrubs
Tuesday, July 20, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Alan Branhagen, Director of Operations, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Join Alan for a virtual tour of the many beautiful native shrubs in Minnesota, and learn how adding some to your garden can benefit our native pollinators and birds!
Dr. Mary Meyer in the grass collection with Little Bluestem, Univ of MN Extension Little Bluestem: A Great Native Grass
Tuesday, July 27, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Mary Meyer, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
Little bluestem is one of the 4 main grasses of the tallgrass prairie, an important Minnesota biome of which we just remnants left. Mary will discuss the ecological benefits of little bluestem, how you can grow it in your own garden and see the variation in cultivars that are available today.
shade tree collection, APS
photo: Arboretum Photographers Society
Best Shade Trees to Replace Green Ash
Tuesday, August 3, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Pete Moe, Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The invasive emerald ash borer is upon us, in many cases requiring the removal of our beloved green ash trees. If you're in need of a shade tree replacement, or are just considering adding a shade tree to your garden, don't miss this webinar! Pete will highlight some of his favorite shade trees for Minnesota, including tips for planting and getting them established. 
cabbage for fall, photo Torychemistry/shutterstock
photo: Torychemistry/shutterstock
Extend the Growing Season with Fall Vegetables
Tuesday, August 10, 7-8 p.m.
 Central Time
Meg Cowden, Vegetable Gardener and Creator of Seed to Fork
Come and learn what seeds to direct sow in your late summer garden. From overwintering veggies to quick fall crops, August is a wonderful time to renew a bed for extended garden fresh produce long after our first fall frosts knock out our heat loving vegetables. We will also discuss how to setup hoops to keep these cold-hardy veggies in peak condition for harvesting into late autumn.
Climate Weather aerial photo, Storyblocks Plant Selection for a Changing Climate
Tuesday, August 17, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator, Horticulture
Dry spells, violent storms, late fall, bitter winter. How is a garden supposed to keep up? Julie will provide guidance to gardening in our somewhat unpredictable climate. Creating a healthy gardens that give properly selected plants a "leg up" on storms and drought as well as some ways to make landscaping more fool-proof (and still fun for the gardener) will be discussed.
Goldenrod with monarch and bees, PaulErdmann, Bush Lake Chapter Izaak Walton League
photo: Paul Erdmann, Bush Lake Chapter, Izaak Walton League
Asters and Goldenrod for the Late Summer
Tuesday, August 24, 7-8 p.m. 
Central Time
Alan Branhagen, Director of Operations, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
These beautiful native perennials add color and interest to the late summer landscape, and are essential forage for pollinators! There are many specialist bees for them alone; they also provide last of the season nectar and pollen so that a wide range of beneficial insects can survive the winter. See highlights from the Arb's grounds, and learn how to select species and cultivars that are right for your garden.

Supporting Organizations of the Minnesota Plants Webinar Series

Minnesota Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Minnesota Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Minnesota State Horticulture Society

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

Endorsing Organizations of the Minnesota Plants Webinar Series

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