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Grow your green thumb with helpful advice from industry experts, researchers and professionals! Learn best practices, useful tips, and proven techniques for keeping your yard and garden healthy and sustainable in Minnesota.


minnesota plants wildflowers, credit ElenaMedvedeva/shutterstock 

Minnesota Plants: A Spring Webinar Series

(13) Sessions: Live every Tuesday, March 2 - May 25, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. CDT

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 get to explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, houseplants 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.

Spring Sessions
  • Houseplant Patrol: Basic Care, Problem Solving and Resources
  • Growing and Repotting Orchids at Home
  • Trading In Turfgrass
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Collections
  • The New Perennial Movement
  • Cold Loving Fruits of Minnesota
  • Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in Your Garden
  • Lilacs for Minnesota
  • Azaleas at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Starting Vegetables from Seed
  • Get Ready for the Gardening Season!
  • Garden Visions: Native Shade Perennials
  • Reimagining the Minnesota Lawn
Learn more & Register


summer flower art banner, photo MiriamDoerrMartinFrommherz/shutterstock

Minnesota Plants: A Summer Webinar Series

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

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 get to explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, houseplants 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.

Summer Sessions
  • Foraging in Minnesota Woodlands- or Your Own Backyard!
  • Minnesota-Grown Vegetables
  • Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty
  • Dealing with Pests: An Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Invasive Species: Why They Matter and What You Can Do
  • Landscaping for Shade
  • Diagnosing Your Plant Problems
  • Garden Visions: Native Shrubs
  • Little Bluestem: A Great Native Grass
  • Best Shade Trees to Replace Green Ash
  • TBD
  • Plant Selection for a Changing Climate
  • Asters and Goldenrod for the Late Summer
Learn more & Register

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Growing Vegetables in Minnesota (Online Self-Paced Module)

Module available May 6 - September 30
Online course coordinator: Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Developed through University of Minnesota Extension, this online module will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage your vegetable garden for success throughout the growing season. Learn online at your own pace, covering topics from soil and light needs to choosing the best vegetable varieties for Minnesota. You will have access to the course throughout the growing season, and the ability to ask questions along the way. Seven separate sections in this module include videos, links to learn more, activities and discussion boards:
  1. Vegetable Introduction
  2. Site Selection, Preparation and Planning
  3. Choosing Vegetables
  4. Planting Vegetables
  5. Managing the Vegetable Garden
  6. Vegetable Harvest and Post Harvest
  7. [Optional] Open Book Quiz

This module grants you special access to the materials found in the Master Gardener Core Course and takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. Watch a video intro of the module experience (1 min 45 sec).

How it Works: Check your email for your registration confirmation - course login information and a helpful welcome video from Laura (the course coordinator) will be automatically sent with your registration e-receipt. The short welcome video will walk you step-by-step through how to login and navigate the course. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. This course typically takes 4-6 hours to complete. Online course materials will be available until 9/30/2021.

COUPON SAVE $16!
Register for both Online Modules ("Growing Vegetables" and "Growing Fruit") and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

Limit 100, online self-paced via Canvas Course Module, login instructions included in registration confirmation
Register $35 member/$50 non-member
The registration screen will say September 30 (the last date possible to sign up). You may start the course immediately after you register, or any date through September 30.

 man picking apple from tree

Growing Fruit in Minnesota (Online Self-Paced Module)

Course available May 6 - September 30
Online course coordinator: Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this online module will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season. Learn online at your own pace, covering topics such as pest control, site selection, pruning, and harvesting techniques. You will have access to the course throughout the growing season, with the ability to ask questions along the way. Ten separate sections in this module include videos, links to learn more, activities and discussion boards:
  1. Getting Started with Growing Fruit
  2. Establishing Apple and Pear Trees
  3. Apple and Pear Tree Care
  4. Growing Grapevines
  5. Strawberries
  6. Raspberries
  7. Blueberries
  8. Stone Fruits: Plums, Cherries, Apricots & Peaches
  9. Other Fruit: Bushes, Hardy Kiwi, and Native Fruits
  10. {Optional} Open-book Quiz
This module grants you special access to the materials found in the Master Gardener Core Course and takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. Watch a video intro of the module experience (1 min 45 sec).

How it Works:
 Check your email for your registration confirmation - course login information and a helpful welcome video from Laura (the course coordinator) will be automatically sent with your registration e-receipt. The short welcome video will walk you step-by-step through how to login and navigate the course. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. This course typically takes 4-6 hours to complete. Online course materials will be available until 9/30/2021.

COUPON SAVE $16!
Register for both Online Modules ("Growing Vegetables" and "Growing Fruit") and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

Limit 100, online self-paced via Canvas Course Module, login instructions included in registration confirmation
Register $35 member/$50 non-member
The registration screen will say September 30 (the last date possible to sign up). You may start the course immediately after you register, or any date through September 30.

 suburban pollinator garden, photo Benjamin Vogt

A New Garden Ethic (Online)
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Lecture

Thursday, June 24, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. CDT
Benjamin Vogt is the author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future. He speaks nationally on sustainable design for wildlife and environmental philosophy. For over five years he wrote an award-winning native plant column at Houzz with over 3 million readers. Benjamin has a PhD from the University of Nebraska and owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm. He lives in Lincoln with his wife and son.

Join Benjamin to learn why gardening with native plants is an ethical imperative in a world of climate change and extinction. This deep dive explores ecology, science, psychology, and philosophy as we ponder how to embrace gardens as places to create empowering social and cultural change. This webinar will include an online presentation with a moderator who allows plenty of time for questions from the participants!

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link approximately 2 days prior to the start date.

Limit 500, online via Zoom

Register $10 member/$25 non-member/Free for current MN Master Gardeners; includes one month access to webinar recording

bonsai tree, photo ilyessuti/pixabay
photo: Tim Mathwig

Introduction to Bonsai (Free, Online)

Saturday, June 26, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CDT

Bonsai (pronounced baan·sai) is an art form that has a focus on design steeped in a long Asian history and tradition. Bonsai is a long-term journey of science-based horticultural learning. Your skills will be honed and pushed further when you apply horticulture techniques to design aesthetics. This informational session will reveal the difference between traditional gardening and bonsai, and help you to explore if this journey is for you. We will spend time discussing:
  • Bonsai is an art form
  • The differences between bonsai and traditional gardening
  • Design elements of a tree
  • Bonsai tool kit - Soil, water, fertilizer, tools, pots, winter care
  • Resources available in our community to get started in this hobby

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link approximately 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Laura Vogel, lbvogel@umn.edu

Presenters

Nicholas Ehlers is the current MBS Director of Outreach. He has been working in his mother's garden since he was 5 and hasn't stopped since. Nicholas first became interested in Bonsai from the Karate Kid and bought his first tree in 2006 at the State Fair. Since then, his collection has grown to roughly 25 bonsai, as well as his passion for getting people excited about the ever-changing art form.

David Weiss is the current 2nd Vice President of MBS and the coordinator of the Novice Workshops. David served as President of MBS from 2018 - 2020. David's first bonsai was in 1991 but his head first dive came in 2016 where he began working on what is now over 60 small to medium pre-bonsai trees. He credits his launch into bonsai and his love for Koi, to the Como Conservatory.

Stephanie Lee has been growing things in her garden for over 30 years and is in the 2021 class of Master Gardeners with Carver-Scott County Extension. She grew up practicing Bonsai on her grandfather's bonsai trees in Singapore and has had her own collection of deciduous, tropical, and flowering bonsai trees for the last 4 years.

Limit 500, online via Zoom

Register FREE, advance registration required, includes one month access to webinar recording

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