This year is MSHS’s big 150th anniversary, and we are celebrating in a big way with a bash at Tangletown Garden Farms in Plato, MN. The event is Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 100-acre farm in Plato, Minn.
MSHS was founded in 1866 as an association of fruit growers who took on the
challenge of growing apples in a northern climate. Today, MSHS serves northern gardeners of all experience levels through membership, Northern Gardener magazine, educational programs (such as Minnesota Green and Garden-in- a-Box), and classes. As MSHS celebrates its 150th anniversary, the nonprofit is looking ahead to address current issues in horticulture, such as helping gardeners provide habitat and food for pollinators and helping low-income families vegetable garden.
“Because of MSHS’ roots in growing fruits and vegetables, celebrating its Sesquicentennial at an organic farm was perfect, and Tangletown has been so supportive,” says Rose Eggert, MSHS CEO. “We want it to be a fun, family friendly celebration—bring your kids and grandkids!”
Children will receive a free pumpkin and will love seeing the farm animals—the Tangletown farm raises, such as Scottish Highland cattle, Berkshire and Black large hogs, free range chickens, ducks and turkeys. Wagon tours with Scott and Dean of the farm and greenhouses will depart every hour; experienced and new gardeners will enjoy hearing about the organic growing methods of the
Sustainable agriculture is an everyday practice for Tangletown Gardens. They have been growing most of the plants sold at Tangletown Gardens and installed in their landscapes at the Plato farm since 2002. More recently, all the fresh produce for Tangletown’s CSA shares and the menu at Wise Acre Eatery is grown and raised at the farm. Wise Acre Eatery will cater a picnic lunch, and MSHS will provide apples to snack on in honor of its beginnings as an apple organization. The bluegrass band Skunk Hollow will provide entertainment from 12 to 3 p.m., and Neil Anderson, professor at the University of Minnesota, will speak on the history of MSHS.
Registration for the event is now open. Party admission is $20 for MSHS members, $25 for nonmembers and $10 for children.