Board of Directors

Our board is responsible for the fulfillment of the organization's mission, goals and obligations to all constituents. Board members assist in the development and execution of organizational policy, provide representation and communication to our constituents, and actively assist in fundraising efforts. They provide critical review of programs and operation functions and assume legal responsibility for the financial functions and obligations of the organization. In addition, they provide direction to the Executive Director in the allocation of resources to best serve the organization's interests. They also review and approve budget and audit reports as presented by the Executive Committee, and they volunteer their personal services, expertise and skills as needed and serve on one or more task forces. All board members must be a current Society member and make a personal contribution. Our board currently meets bi-monthly, and each member serves for 6 years.

Responsible for its own operations, the board directs training and development of new members, annual performance evaluation and selection of new board members.

Meet the Board


Mike Heger, Board Chair

Michael L. Heger has worked in both public and private horticulture. He spent the first fifteen years of his career at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In 1985, Mike and his wife Jean opened a niche perennial nursery called Ambergate Gardens. Recently retired from the nursery, Mike now spends his time lecturing, writing and consulting on issues related to gardening in northern regions. Mike is the author of "Perennials A to Z", a series of articles that were originally published in Minnesota Horticulturist and coauthor of "Growing Perennials in Cold Climates", a gardening book written specifically for the colder regions of this country. Mike served as Central Region Director of the Perennial Plant Association from 1988-1994 and he remains active in numerous plant societies and trade organizations related to perennial flowers. He has been awarded a Quill & Trowel Communication Award from the Garden Writers Association, the Distinguished Service Award and the Award of Merit from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, the Special Service Award from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association as well as the Service Award from the Perennial Plant Association.


Margaret Klis, Treasurer

Margaret is an at-large member of the MSHS board.


Joel Karsten, Secretary

A farm boy who grew up tending a soil garden, Joel shook up the gardening world with his first book describing his breakthrough Straw Bale Gardening concept.  The New York Times called Straw Bale Gardening “a revolutionary gardening method.” Karsten earned a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and spends his summers tending his vegetable garden, doing research, and experimenting with new ideas and methods he can pass along to his followers.  He is a popular speaker, making appearances around the world.


Debra Kvamme, At-Large

Deb is an at-large member of the MSHS board.


Tina Dombrowski, At-Large

Tina earned a Bachelor of Science, Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. She’s had over thirty years’ experience in horticulture. Tina is currently Horticulture Manager at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory; she’s been there since 2006 and oversees horticultural operations of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Zoo, Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Gardens and select ornamental gardens in Como Park.


Jennifer Ebeling, At-Large

Jennifer is an at-large member of the MSHS board.

Del Hampton

Del Hampton, At-Large

Del is an at-large member of the MSHS board.


Laura Wagner, At-Large

Laura earned a B.S. degree in Education from Drake University and MBA from the University of St Thomas. She grew up at her family’s greenhouse, Wagners Greenhouses in Minneapolis, and is part of the 5th generation of the family working at the greenhouse. Laura has worked at Wagners full time since 2008 and currently specializes in marketing. She enjoys taking care of flower beds and a large vegetable garden with her husband at their home in Shakopee. Her favorite plants are begonias because they are so versatile and easy to care for.

JoAnne Wahlstrom

JoAnne Wahlstrom, At-Large

JoAnne is an at-large member of the MSHS board.

Join Us

Interested in joining our board? Email us or call 651-643-3601.