Trending Horticulture 2019
Advancing the Art & Science of Your Gardens

Thursday, July 18, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

Register$99 member (MSHS or Arb)/$119 non-member
includes choice of sessions, morning coffee/snack, lunch & Arboretum admission

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Session Details, Descriptions, Times







9 a.m. KEYNOTE
Garden Trends 2020
10 a.m. Creating Your Resilient Yard
Beyond Rosemary, Basil & Thyme:
Unusual Herbs

Birdscaping: Native Plants for Birds

Special Access:
Prairie Plant Conservation

11:30 a.m. Permaculture
for a Sustainable Landscape & Lifestyle
Kitchen Gardens:
Bountiful & Beautiful
Choosing Native Plants for Landscaping

Special Access:
Andersen Horticultural Library
12:45 p.m. Lunch To-Go: Tram Tour with the Arboretum Director
2 p.m. Butterfly Gardens
Garden Photography Garden to Vase: Designing Your Garden for Cut Flowers
Special Access:
Vegetable Production at the Red Barn Farm
9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Lunch & Break 2 p.m.

9 a.m.   KEYNOTE

Gardens 2020:
Garden Trends for the Next Decade

Mary Lahr Schier, Editor - Northern Gardener Magazine; MSHS

As we step into the 2020s, several demographic, environmental and cultural changes are taking root in our gardens. Tiny gardens, turf wars, garden technology and the rise of the millennial mama are among the trends we're watching. This talk will explain some of the big changes affecting home gardeners and why gardening is more important than ever.

Limit 180


Creating Your Resilient Yard

Richard Harrison, MetroBlooms

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal in Minnesota. In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how your yard can adapt to—and even help mitigate—the threats posed by these extreme weather events, while also protecting clean water and providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
  • Discover multiple ways to take action, including tips on redirecting runoff, installing raingardens, reducing turf, and choosing trees and other native plants.
Limit 60

Beyond Rosemary, Basil & Thyme:
Unusual, Interesting & Uncommon Herbs to Enjoy

Theresa Mieseler, co-founder of Shady Acres Herb Farm

Perhaps you have thought about expanding and growing a plant that is new and unique in your garden. While many of our grow herbs for flavor there are less common herbs that you can discover for fragrance as well. During the presentation you will:

  • Discover fragrance in plants whether it be in the leaves, flowers, or both.
  • Learn reasons to grow herbs and find out that besides the favorites such as basil, mint, rosemary, oregano, and thyme, there’s so much more.
  • Discuss recommended uncommon and unique varieties, propagation advice, as well as historical information about selected herbs.
  • Theresa will share plant stories about herbs and inspire you to be like-minded herbies.
Limit 28

hummingbird, photo by Alan Branhagen
Alan Branhagen

The Most Bird-Friendly Native Plants for your Yard

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Are you interested in making your yard a safe haven for wild birds? In this session, Alan will share how the plants in your landscape can support birds:
  • Learn how plants provide cover for roosting and nesting
  • Discover why native plants are so important to native wild birds
  • Learn what plants are best at providing food through foliage, fruit, seeds, and hosting insects and caterpillars as additional food sources.
  • Leave with a list of suggested native plants for your yard, plus planting tips and tricks
Limit 40

Special Access:
University of Minnesota Wine Grape Research

This session has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding.


Special Access:
Plant Conservation at the Arb and in the Prairie

David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Amanda Wise, Plant Conservation Associate, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Amanda and David for an exploration of our plant conservation efforts! Learn more about how the Arboretum's Plant Conservation Program works to save rare plants! The Arboretum is a proud partner with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), an organization founded in 1984 that seeks to prevent the extinction of US native plants. On this Walk-and-Talk we could address include:

  • Learn how to find beautiful flowering native plants at the Arboretum prairie and around the state
  • Learn where the Plant Conservation Program has plantings at the Arboretum and how they’re doing
  • Learn more about nine species from the western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara), to dwarf trout lily endemic to Minnesota (Erythronium propullans)
  • Hear more about the orchid propagation process
  • How we are working to increase the success of orchid seedlings for restoration and native plantings

Limit 25

11:30 a.m.  CHOOSE (1) OPTION BELOW

for a Sustainable Landscape & Lifestyle

Daniel Halsey, MPS Horticulture, International Ecological Designer

Permaculture is the continuous process on land and in life for building natural capital.
Using permaculture principles and strategies we can restore soils, plant a diversity of species, eat healthier foods, and capture carbon from the air. These sustainable principles create connections ... building relationships between all elements in life.
We use nature's momentum instead of fighting it. We accept the Land's Imprint, adapting our goals to the land, and thrive by nature's own principles.
  • We will learn to leverage the ecological functions of plants
  • Use natural processes that create natural capital
  • Learn to Follow Nature's Patterns
Limit 60

Kitchen Gardens:
Bountiful & Beautiful

Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Gardening columnist, photographer, book author

Rhonda will offer inspiration and information for growing a fresh-food garden that's both productive and pretty. Learn how she does it from the ground up.
  • Find out her secrets for soil prep
  • Know when to break the rules of conventional veggie gardening
  • Grow up! Go vertical to expand your growing space
  • Using color, shape and texture for visual impact
Limit 28

Choosing Native Plants for Landscaping

Kaitlyn O'Connor, Education and Outreach Specialist at Prairie Moon Nursery

Adding native plants to your garden is an excellent way to attract bees, butterflies, and birds, but not all native plants are suitable for landscape settings. Come to this session to learn more about:

  • The role of urban landscapes in ecological restoration
  • The best native plants for urban gardeners
  • Planting design with examples from the Twin Cities and Chicagoland areas
  • Management tips to keep your garden looking great all season long
Limit 80

Special Access:
Andersen Horticultural Library

Kathy Allen, Librarian, Andersen Horticultural Library

Did you know that the Arboretum hosts the largest horticultural library in the Midwest? This rich collection is part of the University of Minnesota library system. In this session, you will:

  • Learn about the library’s history and design
  • Discover how you can make the best use of the library in person and online for your own gardening
  • Get a glimpse of the rare book and seed catalog collections!
Limit 15

12:45 p.m. LUNCH & BREAK

Lunch on the Tram with the Director

Special Access:
Tour with the Arboretum Director

Pete Moe, Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Arboretum Director Pete Moe for an exclusive tram tour to some of his favorite collections! In this session, you will:

  • Hear more about Pete's background and the history of the Arboretum
  • See Arboretum gardens along the tram route
  • Stop at our renowned Pine Collection
  • Learn more about the ongoing research that occurs at the Arboretum as you visit turf and shrub research plots

Southeast Asian Bowl (To-Go)

Includes gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian options.
  • Rice Noodles
  • Brown Rice
  • Chopped Romaine
  • Seasoned Grilled Chicken
  • Sesame Tofu
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Green Curry Sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Carrot Cucumber Slaw
  • Chiles
  • Chow Mein Noodles
  • Citrus Infused Water & Cucumber Infused Water


Butterfly Gardens:
More Than Just Pretty Flowers

Rhonda Fleming Hayes, gardening columnist, photographer, book author

Rhonda Fleming Hayes will share her tips for creating a lively and diverse butterfly garden. You’ll see more butterflies in your garden when you learn to help them through all phases of their life cycle.

  • More than just monarchs, discover the variety of butterflies found in Minnesota gardens
  • Learn all about the larval host plants they need to survive, some will surprise you.
  • Handout: My Best Butterfly Plants
Limit 90

Photography in Your Garden

Michelle Mero Riedel, Master Gardener, Photographer, Writer, Instructor

Michelle will show you how to take amazing garden photos in various weather and light conditions, all seasons and subjects, blur backgrounds to highlight your subject and choose the most suitable camera.

Limit 90

Garden to Vase:
Designing Your Garden with Floral Bouquets in Mind

Reba Berge, A Precious Petals Florist

Learn the art of designing a garden that will fill your vases all year long. In this class we will focus on:

  • How to prepare your cut flower garden
  • How to plan and grow a cutting garden
  • Cutting garden favorites
  • Basics elements for beautiful flower arrangements
Limit 28

Special Access:
Vegetable Production at the Red Barn Farm

Tim Wilson, Horticulture Education Manager, Red Barn Farm at the Arboretum

Learn more about the exciting new vegetable production at our Red Barn Farm! In this program, you will:

  • Travel to the new Red Barn Farm campus as Tim gives an overview of the vegetable planning and production on site
  • Learn more about crop planning needed for market gardens, from defining your market to plant succession and rotation
  • Explore the vegetable production area
  • Come away with a sample crop plan

Limit 20

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