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Our Mission

...is to grow cold-climate gardeners through education, encouragement and community.

We strive to...

  • Educate. We help society members and program participants learn how to grow plants in our challenging northern climate and positively impact the environment.
  • Encourage gardening. We aim to help grow gardeners by sharing resources, tools and inspiration through our website, webinars, class offerings, and Northern Gardener magazine.
  • Cultivate community. Through ongoing educational and community outreach programs, we share plants, seeds, tools and education with gardeners growing their own food and beautifying their neighborhoods.

Signature Programs

Northern Gardener Magazine

Northern Gardener is the only magazine edited exclusively for gardening in USDA Hardiness Zones 3, 4 and 5. Minnesota's only homegrown gardening magazine is written by people who garden here. Each issue is filled with timely columns and feature articles covering all areas of gardening for all skill levels. This award-winning publication, which includes a digital edition, is one of the many benefits of being a member of the society.

Educational Events

We offer a wide variety of educational opportunities for society members (who receive free access or discounted rates!) and anyone else who wants to learn about gardening and plants. Join us for one of our many classes, webinars, hands-on workshops,  and garden tours and as a gardener!

Garden-in-a-Box

This beloved gardening program provides gardening containers, soil, compost, vegetables and annual plants, seeds, and educational resources for organizations serving low-income or at-risk children and families. GIAB connects people to the food they eat by showing them how it's grown, and encourages healthy eating habits through garden commitment and simple, tasty food preparation options.

Minnesota Green

Minnesota Green coordinates donations of plants, seeds and gardening tools from growers, garden centers, seed companies, individuals and groups and redistributes them to community and public space gardens. Grown and maintained by community members, these gardens beautify neighborhoods, provide space to grow healthy food and serve as public places where community members can gather, socialize and learn.