Resources for Gardeners

Use the following links to find additional gardening information and assistance. To suggest a site for inclusion in our resource list or to report a broken link, send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Northern Gardening Links


Gardening Questions Answered
Have a question about gardens or landscape plants? Insects or wildlife? Plant disease? Soil testing? Try these resources:

Imprelis and Investigation of Damage to Trees
Imprelis is no longer on the market because the EPA issued a stop sale order in August 2011

Pesticide Action Network (PAN)

Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability
CUES strives to educate landscape managers and urban residents about ways to embrace environmental stewardship by practicing sustainable management. A landscape managed through sustainable methods requires low inputs of labor, fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Excessive use of these chemicals can pollute surface and ground water and disturb natural ecosystem processes.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
>Discounted Membership with your MSHS membership

Energy & Sustainable Agriculture Program, of the MN Dept. of Agriculture

Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota

Directory to Garden Centers & Landscape Professionals. A lawn and garden resource and annual buyers guide for consumers.

Manure, Where to buy, by County
Download the pdf

Maplewood Nature Center

Men's and Women's Garden Club of Minneapolis
is a membership organization intended for all people interested in gardening.
The Minnesota Grown program has over 1,100 diverse members including farmers’ markets, CSA farms, garden centers, wineries, fruit & vegetable growers, pick-you-own farms, livestock producers, meat processors, Christmas tree growers and producers of honey, wild rice, maple syrup, cheese and other gourmet products.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is provide a community and a national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes and conservation areas.
>Discounted Membership with your MSHS membership

Minnesota Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener program in Minnesota is administered at the State Office in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, of the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Master Gardeners are paraprofessionals who represent the University of Minnesota Extension Service and teach horticulture.

Muriel Sahlin Arborteum

North Dakota State University: College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources

Public Gardens of MN
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota. Each public garden site was visited and all garden photos presented were taken during these visits.

South Dakota State University Extension Horticulture

Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series
a landscape developed with sustainable practices will improve the environment by conserving resources and reducing chemical applications. A sustainable landscape will also reduce labor inputs making it less expensive to implement and maintain. The goal of the SULIS is to provide sustainable landscape information to the public and to the horticulture/landscape industry.

Tamarack Nature Center

The Tree Trust, St. Paul, MN
transforming lives and landscapes

U of MN Department of Horticultural Science
Internationally known for research in cold hardiness and development of new plant varieties for northern climates, the Department of Horticultural Science is home to a highly respected faculty with diverse areas of expertise in plant sciences.

U of MN Gardening and Commercial Horticulture
Gardening and Commercial Horticulture programs include training, seminars, and short courses for Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers, Midwestern food producers, nursery crop producers, floriculture producers, apple growers, grape growers, turf managers/producers, and shade tree/landscape managers.

Walker Art Center
>Discounted Membership with your MSHS membership


Local Community Gardens

Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association

Common Ground Community Garden

Community Design Center of Minnesota

Como Corner Community Garden, Accord Community Garden, Gateway Community Garden, O.W.L.S. Community Garden

Dowling Community Garden

Duluth Community Garden Program

Friends of Horton Park / Community Gardens

Longfellow Community Council’s Community Garden, Minneapolis

Olson Community Gardens

St. Anthony Park Community Garden
or view their blog

Stevens Square Community Organization

Vera's Garden

Youth Farm and Market Project


 Plant Society Links

Download the Minnesota Plant Society Directory. *pdf


 Community Gardening Links

The American Community Gardening Association
is a national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.

A City Among the Trees
resource for citizens, planners, policy makers, and youth to actively plan and manage our urban forest to achieve a sustainable quality of life.

Gardening Matters
dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside.

Gardening From USDA
This website is dedicated to all gardeners--young and old, novice and experienced, rural, urban, and suburban. In this website, they've pulled together years of research and experience to provide you with useful gardening information.

National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils
represents America's 332 Resource Conservation and Development Councils. These local councils deliver coordinated resource conservation and rural development assistance throughout rural America.

National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
supports education, projects, and groups related to urban and community forestry.

Soil and Water Conservation Society
fosters the science and the art of soil, water, and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability.

Urban Community Gardens
Community gardens transform empty lots into green, living spaces. They are collaborative projects created by members of the community; residents share in both the maintenance andrewards of the garden.

Urban Agriculture Articles
from City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture, Vancouver
Promoting and preserving community gardening in the Twin Cities Metro Area.  Based on the philosophy that community gardeners are the best experts on community gardening.  Our ambition is to connect gardeners from across the metro area so they can learn from and support each other in this great endeavor.


 Rain Barrel, Composting, and Compost Bin Links

Compost Bin Links:

Composting and Mulching:
University of Minnesota

How to Compost your Organic Waste:

Build a Compost Bin:
Riverside County Waste Management Department

Where to Purchase Compost Bins:
Dakota County: The Recycling Zone
(You do not have to be a Dakota County resident to purchase these.)

City of White Bear Lake (click on “Refuse and Recycling”)
Cost per bin is $30 for White Bear Lake residents and $47.93 for non-residents.
Pick up bins at White Bear Lake Public Works, 4200 Hoffman Road. 
Pick-up hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hand Crafted Cedar composters by Steve's Earth Engine, as seen at the MSHS State Fair display in 2008.

Hennepin County Resources on Compost Bins

Eureka Recycling

Improve Your Yard and Garden with Composting

Compost News

Is your compost safe?

Rain Barrel Links:

Build a Rain Barrel:
University of MN Extension
Rain Barrels: A way of Collecting and Using Rainwater

Constructing a Rain Barrel:
Leaves Dance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

How to Assemble and Install your Rain Barrel:
Capital Region Watershed District

Where to purchase Rain Barrels:
Linder’s Garden Center
Rain barrels for $149 to $200.

ReUse Center
Call for requests: 612-278-7160.
Rain barrels for Minneapolis residents for $75.

Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed

Gardening for Kids

Gardening is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by everyone – even kids. It brings people closer to the earth and allows them to learn about the life cycles of plants and other living creatures. Understanding where food comes from is becoming more and more important, and children love growing it themselves. You may find that they are more willing to eat vegetables and fruit that they had a hand in growing! The below link provides many gardening projects for kids that are sure to help them catch the gardening bug.

Gardening for kids ideas

Gardening for Pets 

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants

These lists from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) contain plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in these plant lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List - Horses

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List - Cats

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List - Dogs


 Insects & Disease

Plant Disease Diagnostics
is a web page designed to help individuals from the state of Minnesota diagnose plant disease problems in their yard and garden. Diagnoses made by 'Plant Disease Diagnostics' are based on visual observations of symptoms expressed by the infected plant.

International Society of Plant Pathology
ISPP promotes the world-wide development of plant pathology and the dissemination of knowledge about plant diseases and plant health management.


 Other Links

American Horticulture Therapy Association (AHTA), Lexington, KY
Advancing the practice of horticulture as therapy to improve human well-being

The American Ivy Society
for lovers of ivy. Membership includes a new ivy plant each year and subscription to the Ivy Journal.

The Community Food Security (CFS) Coalition, Venice, CA
dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.

FFA makes a positive difference in lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. From floriculture to genetic engineering and raising crops or animals to marketing, there are more than 300 diverse careers in agriculture.

The Food Alliance, Portland, OR
promotes sustainable agriculture by recognizing and rewarding farmers and educating consumers about the benefits.

Garden Mosaics - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Connecting Youth and Elders to investigate the mosaic of plants, people and cultures in gardens.

Garden Forever
Gardening for people of all ages, abilities and lifestyles. A collection of articles and tips.

The Minnesota Water Garden Society
is dedicated to increasing the enjoyment and enthusiasm for water gardening through promotion, education and shared experiences. The Minnesota Water Garden Society is one of the few clubs devoted to water gardening that lies in the northern zones of the country and therefore has developed a unique attitude towards water gardening in a climate that does not lend itself favorably to the water culture.

The National Agricultural Library
as the Nation's primary source for agricultural information the NAL has a mission to increase the availability and utilization of agricultural information for researchers, educators, policymakers, consumers of agricultural products, and the public. The Library is one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural research libraries and plays a vital role in supporting research, education, and applied agriculture.

National Gardening Association
for more than twenty years, the National Gardening Association has been doing two things: helping gardeners and helping people through gardening. Founded in 1972 (as "Gardens for All") to spearhead the community garden movement, today's National Gardening Association is best known for its innovative science education programs, and its garden-related research.

The National Organic Program, AMS @ USDA

 The Reiman Gardens
constructed in 1995, celebrate the natural and botanic diversity of Iowa, as well as the historic traditions of gardening and horticulture at Iowa State University.



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