Minnesota Green Program

Community Gardeners:
Minnesota Green is your connection to plants, seeds and tools!

Since 1988, Minnesota Green—a program of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS)—has been serving the greening and growing efforts of thousands of gardeners throughout the state. It promotes community gardening as a means to strengthen neighborhoods through activities that connect people and plants and help people grow their own healthy food.

Minnesota Green works with a network of donors that includes growers, garden centers, nonprofit groups and private individuals to provide seeds, plants, gardening tools and supplies to community and public space gardens. The donations span a wide range of plant material:

Seeds * Vegetables * Herbs * Annual Flowers
Perennials * Shrubs * Trees

How Does It Work?

How Minnesota Green program participants connect with MSHS and receive plant donations.

How to Join

Minnesota Green program application and guidelines.

Garden Centers & Growers

Donate plants and gardening materials to the Minnesota Green program. Find out how and who participates as donors in the program, plus see the impact donors have in the community.

Resources

Information to help community gardeners - links and resources to get you started and keep you growing.

Funding

How the Minnesota Green Program is funded.

Minnesota Green Stories

Read about some of the groups who have participated in the Minnesota Green program over the years.

Plant and Seed Donations

In Fiscal Year 2018, Minnesota Green distributed over $200,000 worth of plants, seeds and tools.

Garden Groups

92 garden groups in the seven county metropolitan area participated in the Minnesota Green program in 2018.

Testimonials

“The six community gardens and greenspaces that Frogtown Green manages would simply not be possible without the supply of annuals, perennials and vegetable starts from Minnesota Green.”

—Patricia Ohmans, Frogtown Green Coordinator

“Having seeds and plants from the Minnesota Green program has helped provide enough food for the gardeners to grow, and they have fun trying new plants they haven’t been exposed to before. Having those resources has allowed us to connect with the gardeners more too.”

—Rachel Murphy, CAPI food and nutrition services coordinator 

"On behalf of Munsinger and Clemens Gardens and the City of St. Cloud, we would like to thank you for all your support over the last many years. Munsinger and Clemens Gardens is a free public garden located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud that attracts over 350,000 visitors every year. Our volunteer gardeners have planted approximately 80,000 annuals and another 10,000 perennials, shrubs, roses, tulips, and other miscellaneous plants in this 20+ acre park. With the help of Minnesota Green we are able to continue to offer our community and visitors new plants and new designs every season."

—Nia Primus, Gardens Supervisor, Munsinger and Clemens Gardens

Need Assistance?

Contact Tom McKusick, Minnesota Green Program Manager: tmckusick@northerngardener.org.