Celebrate Midsommer with a Garden Center Tour (and Wine!)

If you have ever been in Scandinavia at the end of June, you know how much they enjoy the long, summery days of “midsommar.” Picnics, family trips to the cabin, strolling through gardens and enjoying good food and drink are part of the annual celebration. This year, MSHS is sponsoring its own version of midsommar in conjunction with several wonderful garden centers just outside of the Twin Cities.

Held Saturday, June 24, this event features a self-guided tour of distinctive garden stores in the lovely St. Croix/Stillwater/Scandia area. Each of these stores features a variety of unique plant material, yard art, artisan products and other garden treasures.

Secluded garden centers with unusual plants and decor are on the midsummer tour.

You can peruse the garden centers at your leisure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Then, join us for a 90-minute private tasting and tour of Saint Croix Vineyards. Tours and tastings start at either 2:30 or 4 p.m. (Sign up for a specific time when you register.)  Savor a glass of wine, take a walking tour of the winery and the vineyard, learn about growing grapes in Minnesota and the steps involved in making wine.  Plus enjoy a wine tasting in the private tasting room with platters of cheese and crackers and a small dessert. What a great way to mark the longest days of the year and to end your day’s garden adventures!

After you register for the event, you’ll be given special passes as well as site locations and a suggested driving route. Get your MSHS pass stamped at each location for drawings and door prizes. There will be special demonstrations at select locations.

Cost for the event is $25. Please register by June 20.


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