Gardening for the Health of It - A Spring Garden Seminar


Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Heintz Center Commons, 1926 Collegeview Rd SE, Rochester, MN 

Fee: $49 (includes morning coffee break and light lunch)

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018

For more information go here

Topics Include: Pollinators: Birds, Insects, Weather; Shade Gardening: Maturing Landscape; Gardening in Small Spaces: Container Gardening, Downsizing, Low Maintenance; Edible Landscaping: Growing Your Protein; Basic Vegetable Gardening: Raised Beds, Gardening with Kids; Sedums and Succulents; Native Plants; Woody Plant Management: Outdoor Garden Rooms: Water, Color, Architecture; Hot Trends in Plants: Annuals and Perennials; Psychological Impact of Flowers; Butterfly Gardens; Question and Answer Panels.

Cosponsored with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Olmsted County, RCTC Horticulture Program, Rochester Flower and Garden Club, Shades of Green Hosta Society, and the .

If canceled due to inclement weather, you will be issued a refund minus costs incurred (including supplies, food, and salaries). 

Registration Questions? Contact: Community Education - Rochester, Minnesota, (507) 328-4000 



Annual Tour with the Masters Garden Tour, July 25

Tour Flyer (701 KB)

Tour Flyer - Accessible (16 KB)



Become an Extension Master Gardener!

Master Gardeners are from all walks of life and volunteer on behalf of their university. They are eager to share best practices in gardening with people in their community that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives. They have completed a university-taught core course and contributed a certain number of hours to teaching research-based horticulture practices in their communities.


Steps to becoming an Extension Master Gardener

1. Be selected by your local county program for a Master Gardener internship.

Contact your local county program and request an internship application packet.

Complete and submit the application. Applications are due by October 2.

Be selected for an interview.

Submit and pass a background check (online). (Note: All Master Gardener volunteers must have a recurring background check every three years.)

Receive notification that background check has cleared, then register for core course and pay the $320 fee (includes $290 course and materials fee and $30 background check fee). Registration is due by December 1.


2. Complete the Extension Master Gardener core course.

48-hours home horticulture education, offered annually, January – April.

Face-to-face and online options for general content delivery. All students must complete online quizzes for each topic module.

REQUIRED: Active email address and reliable Internet access.

Taught by Extension educators and faculty at the U of M Landscape Arboretum.

Topics: Extension & the Master Gardener program, critical thinking and navigating culture, soils, entomology, botany, diagnostics, trees & shrubs, herbaceous plants, lawn care, plant pathology, weeds, wildlife, integrated pest management, vegetables, fruits.

3. Share your knowledge: volunteer 50 hours.

Volunteer on projects and events that deliver horticulture education and information to the public.

Volunteer – and learn! - alongside experienced Extension Master Gardener volunteers.

Report your volunteer hours online by December 31.

Individuals who drop out of the internship before fulfilling the educational and volunteering requirements will be required to pay an additional $300.

4. Celebrate!

When your internship is completed, you'll start the next calendar year as an active University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in your community.

5. Stay involved.

To maintain your active Extension Master Gardener volunteer status, you will complete at least 25 hours of volunteer time and the required continuing education hours per year. Continuing education hours vary from 5 – 12 hours depending on county.

Grow with us!


From the 2017 Master Gardener Tour with the Masters 

Educational Resources 2017 Tour with the Masters (1217 KB)