Recommended Presenter:

Russ Henry

Minneapolis, MN


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As the president of Minnehaha Falls Landscape & Giving Tree Gardens, and the founder of Bee Safe Minneapolis, Russ Henry has been protecting and growing ecosystems across Minnesota for decades. Together his landscaping and garden companies install, manage, and restore hundreds of properties throughout the Twin Cities with native pollinator plants and without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Russ has a soil-health based approach to all his work. As a certified Soil Life Consultant, he scientifically explores and supports soil health, the foundation for beauty and productivity in all landscapes. As an activist and educator, Russ advises individuals and organizations who want to grow healthy ecosystems. Recently, Russ served as the Chair of the Pesticide Advisory Committee for the Minneapolis Park Board. In this role and in a similar role at Minneapolis Public Schools Russ worked for public and environmental health through pesticide elimination and ecosystem regeneration. Enchanting landscape designs, clean water, compost, urban farming, healthy food access, pollinators, soil health, rain gardens, native plantings, are all part of Russ’ work both through his companies and through his ongoing advocacy. Lear more about Russ’ work at

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State Fair, Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Beyond Pesticides National Conference, Blue Thumb Partners, U of M, schools, churches, neighborhood orgs

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Soil Health, Planting for Pollinators, Ecosystem Heroes, Avoiding Pesticides, Food Forest