$154 for 154 Years


History Rooted in the State Fair

In 1860, Minnesota was a new state with harsh winters and a small population. But hardy, new Minnesotans were determined to find ways to grow fruits in their new climate. By 1866, 20 varieties of Minnesota-grown apples were exhibited at the first State Fair. Motivated by this milestone, several orchardists met one evening during that first fair and created what would become the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.


Still Growing

154 years later, we're still growing gardeners and creating green spaces. With the cancellation of the fair this year, we’re depending on your support now more than ever to make up for lost revenue. A gift of $154 celebrates our history and helps secure the future of our services and community programs. 

old fair booth

Every Gift Matters

$100 provides an entire Garden-in-a-Box kit and educational support to a Minnesota school. $50 helps 10 Minnesota Green gardeners beautify public gardens and grow food in community spaces. $25 brings one of our free gardening webinars to hundreds of eager growers. And $15 brings an entire season of gardening and homegrown food to an underserved community in Minnesota. We appreciate a gift in any amount.

1954 State Fair

Thanks for your support!

Please considering giving what you can. As a small non-profit, we depend on your support to bring you gardening education and classes, Northern Gardener magazine and our community outreach programs, Garden-in-a-Box and Minnesota Green. You are at the root of all that we do.

When you donate any amount by September 30, we'll send you a free screening of Five Seasons, the popular film about acclaimed landscape designer Piet Oudolf.