The Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Minnesota Green Program began in 1988 and has been serving the greening efforts of thousands of volunteer gardeners throughout the state. Minnesota Green promotes community greening as a means to strengthening neighborhoods through activities that connect people and plants.
Minnesota Green is open to groups involved in community gardening. What is community garden? It's a garden maintained by a group of people to meet the needs of that group. For more information, visit Gardening Matters description of a community garden.
What we provide:
- Plant Donation Network for public spaces only. Neither the plants or their produce are to be sold at this time.
- Community Gardening Links Networking and Resource Opportunities:
- Statewide Awards Program recognizing individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to greening efforts in public gardens and community projects
- Complimentary copies are available upon request of the handbook: Creating Community Gardens: A Handbook for Planning and Creating Community Gardens to Beautify and Enhance Cities and Towns.
- 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.
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” at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, 2705 Lincoln Drive, Roseville, MN 55113. 651-643-3601 / 800-676-6747. It's out of print, but we have copies available.
For more information on starting a community garden, download GardenWorks’ Community Garden Start-Up Guide: http://www.gardeningmatters.org/resources/startup
St. Cloud Area Community Garden Directory
Rochester - City Garden Plots
There are many ways to give back to your community. Donating plants to public spaces is great way to support community greening spaces. The following businesses and individuals donated plants to Minnesota Green in 2015:
Bosch Garden and Watering
Gardens of Eagan
Jennifer Porwit and garden clubs
Nancy Meade Thayer