Home Show Speakers: Pollinators, Mushrooms, Design and More!

We’ll be at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center starting Wednesday this week, and we hope you will stop by to get a taste of spring. We’ll have a great selection of bulbs and bare-root plants to choose from at the home show, lots of interesting speakers to hear and a chance to renew your membership or join MSHS.

Lily from home show

‘Toronto’ lily — bulb was purchased from MSHS at the home shows.

If you are an MSHS member, tickets to the home show are part of your membership package. Just stop by the will-call booth outside of the main show floor and pick up your tickets. Our retail booth is inside the home show at booths 1619 and 1613, near all of the gardens and the idea home.

Sometimes we get asked whether it is a good idea to buy bulbs in late winter for spring planting — the short answer is yes! Just store the bulbs in your refrigerator until the ground is thawed and somewhat dry and plant them out. You’ll be enjoying lilies before you know it. Check out some care tips here.

We have garden speakers every day of the show, covering topics from lawn care to critter control to garden photography. The list below gives you times and topics.

See you at the show!

Wednesday, Feb. 26:

2 p.m.  Judy Griesedeick: Understanding Pollinators through the Lens of Photography

3 p.m.  Joel Karsten: The Straw Bale Gardens method makes growing vegetables easy and fun!

4 p.m.  Bob Dahm: DIY Organic Lawn Care


Thursday, Feb. 27:

2 p.m.  William Dougherty: A Season of Flowering Bulbs, Tubers, and Corms

3 p.m.  Joel Karsten: The Straw Bale Gardens method makes growing vegetables easy and fun!

4 p.m.  Brooke Sommerfeldt: Wasps, Flies, Moths, and More: What Gardeners Should Know about Pollinator Diversity and Bee Lookalikes


Friday, Feb. 28:

1 p.m.  Theresa Rooney: Humane Critter Control

2 p.m.  Jenn Hovland: Growing Succulents and Houseplants with Success

3 p.m. Josh Kiecker of Sculptured Earth

4 p.m.  Bob Dahm: How to Install and Maintain Your Bee Lawn

5 p.m.  Nick “The Pond King” Needham: Water Features Gaining Popularity


Saturday, Feb. 29:

11:30 a.m.  Michelle Mero Riedel: Photography In Your Garden

12:30 p.m.  Russ Henry: Backyard Heroes: What You Can Do To Be A Hero To Wildlife Including Bees, Butterflies, Birds, And More In Your Own Landscape

1:30 p.m.  Josh Kiecker of Sculptured Earth

2:30 p.m.  Joe Kurke, General Manager of Southtown Refrigeration & Mechanical and Matt Leaf, Dean of Workforce Education at Hennepin Technical College: Trades Careers: Paths in Many Directions

3:30 p.m.  Anna Schaulfler, Plant Department Manager at Koehler & Dramm Wholesale Florist and Jenn Hovland, Owner of Fleur de Louise: Indoor and Outdoor Pots

4 p.m.  Nick “The Pond King” Needham: Water Features Gaining Popularity

5 p.m.  Laura Wood and Paul Farrell of By The Woods Custom Landscaping: What goes where? How to pick the right paver and retaining wall for your landscape project


Sunday, March 1:

11 a.m.  Matt Ratliff of Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms: Mushroom Cultivation for the Home Gardener

Noon  Lee Bergum of Energy Panel Structures: SIPlify your Lifestyle

1 p.m.  Josh Kiecker of Sculptured Earth

2 p.m.  Deck Wars Panel Discussion sponsored by TimberTech Speakers: Chris Tackaberry of Deck City, Jon Brennhofer of Dreamodel, Mark King of Infinite Decks, Tim Brown of PHI Decks and Jim Shull of TimberTech

3 p.m.  Marty Bergland: Seed Starting 101




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