An Insider’s Look at Trends in Gardening

We’re so excited to be teaming with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on a program called “Trending Horticulture: Advancing the Art and Science of Gardening,” which will be held July 18 at the arboretum. This event is geared toward slightly more experienced gardeners and gardening enthusiasts who want to go deeper into topics and ideas and learn more about trends in gardening. We promise: You will learn something new!

The day-long event includes seminars and behind-the-scenes tours on everything from grape-growing research to the Anderson Horticultural Library. Attendees will get a chance to design their day to include the topics and tours that interest them most.

trends in gardening imageI’m thrilled to be offering the opening talk on trends in gardening for the next decade—lots of new and interesting trends on the horizon. And other Northern Gardener writers will be sharing their expertise, too. Rhonda Fleming Hayes will talk about both pollinator gardening and kitchen gardening, two areas she knows really well. Michelle Mero Riedel will show gardeners how to take photos of their gardens like a pro. (Michelle’s photos are often on the cover and inside of Northern Gardener.) Other seminars are on topics such as growing herbs, gardening for birds, creating a resilient garden for climate change, native plants and designing your garden for cut flowers, which will be taught by Reba Berge, a frequent presenter in our popular floral design classes.

Behind the Scenes at the Arb!

The behind-the-scenes programs will take you to places arb visitors don’t usually go. Arb director Peter Moe will take attendees on a tour of his favorite spots in the arboretum. Mary Meyer will show visitors the ornamental grass research areas and talk about trends in ornamental grass breeding. You’ll have chances to go behind the scenes at the Red Barn vegetable gardens, the wine grape research area and the Harrison Sculpture Garden. There’s even a chance to learn how the arboretum is helping to conserve rare and endangered plants from Minnesota, such as the western prairie fringed orchid and the dwarf trout lily.

Did I mention there’s a great lunch, too? The arboretum catering staff has come up with a Southeast Asian bowl buffet that sounds delicious. The day-long event is $99 for the day for MSHS or Arboretum members, $119 for non-members. All of the programs have limited enrollment, so it’s a good idea to register early to make sure you can attend the programs you are most interested in. Registration is through the arboretum’s website.

Please join us for this fun and educational way to celebrate the middle of summer and learn more about trends in gardening.




  1. Robert Walz on June 24, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Looks very interesting any special rates for Master Gardeners or Master Naturalists?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on June 24, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      There is a discount for members of MSHS and members of the arboretum.

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