A Deep-rooted History

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It all started with the apple...

Founded in 1866 as an association of fruit growers, we took on the challenge of growing apples and other fruits in a northern climate. Two years later, the association changed its name to include the many important phases of horticulture development in rural and urban Minnesota.

Today, we serve northern gardeners and the horticultural industry in Minnesota and additional cold-climate regions, offering resources to thousands of members, garden clubs, plant societies,  the horticultural industry and anyone who wants to grow.

We publish Northern Gardener magazine and reach the broader Minnesota community through educational classes and events and our two signature programs, Minnesota Green and Garden-in-a-Box.

In 2016, we celebrated our 150th anniversary and are now looking ahead to address current issues in horticulture, such as helping gardeners provide habitat and food for pollinators and helping cultivate underserved communities.