Minnesota Green Program Participant Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can we plant the donations?
Plants are for any public gardens, not for private use.
- What sites qualify as public spaces?
Land which has been designated public such as a park, school, church, boulevard, alley or permission from landowners to use the space as a community site (i.e. community gardens, vacant lots, right of ways, etc.)
- How can we be sure to get the plants we need?
There are no guarantees. Over the last ten years, through the generosity of growers, garden centers, nurseries, seed companies, and individuals, plant donations have ranged from native and non-native bare root trees and shrubs to hardy perennials and thousands of flats of annuals, including veggies.
- How does the email notification system work?
When plant material becomes available, the two contacts of Minnesota Green groups will receive an email notifying them of the available material. The email will include specifics regarding quantity, plant type, pick-up location, and time-frame. We suggest you begin with a network of people willing to pick up the plants, preferably with a truck, trailer or van.All group members must know your group’s registered name from the form when picking up donations.
- Who coordinates the Minnesota Green Program?
The Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS), a nonprofit, member-supported organization, administers the Minnesota Green program. Tom McKusick is the MSHS staff member managing the program.
Community Gardening Guides
Contact our office for a copy of “Creating Community Gardens: A Handbook for Planning and Creating Community Gardens to Beautify and Enhance Cities and Towns”: 651-643-3601 / 1-800-676-6747. It's out of print, but we have copies available.
For more information on starting a community garden, download Gardening Matters' Community Garden Start-Up Guide.
Community Gardening Resources
The Community Seed Resource Program with Seed Savers Exchange provides tools and guidance to community groups interested in creating seed-focused events, exchanges, libraries and gardens.
The American Community Gardening Association
is a national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.
Plants From USDA
This website is dedicated to all gardeners--young and old, novice and experienced, rural, urban, and suburban. In this website, they've pulled together years of research and experience to provide you with useful gardening information.
National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils
represents America's 332 Resource Conservation and Development Councils. These local councils deliver coordinated resource conservation and rural development assistance throughout rural America.
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
supports education, projects, and groups related to urban and community forestry.
Soil and Water Conservation Society
fosters the science and the art of soil, water, and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability.