Every year the Master Gardeners in Dakota County share their knowledge of research-based horticultural and environmental information by hosting classes and events. Most events occur in spring, summer and fall. There’s something for everyone.
Visit our Event Calendar often for the latest dates, times and fees.
Let’s Get Growing is an event for home gardeners of all skill levels looking to learn more and have a good time. This event includes classes, keynote speaker, lunch, silent auction and a chance to win door prizes too. Classes are taught by U of M Master Gardeners as well as horticulture professionals.
Spring Plant Sale Get beautiful, hardy Minnesota grown plants at a great price and benefit the Master Gardener program of Dakota County too.
Classes and Workshops – If there is a gardening topic chances are there is a Dakota County Master Gardening speaking about it somewhere. Classes are offered throughout the year at a variety of locations throughout the county.
Farmers Markets – Friendly Master Gardeners ready to answer your toughest gardening questions can be found at Farmers Markets in Lakeville, Farmington, Eagan, Burnsville, and Apple Valley. Look for our table at area market starting in June through September. A complete listing of dates, location and times can be found on our Event Calendar.
Vegetable Trials/Community Gardens – Master Gardeners participate in comparison vegetable trials and then share their results with you on this website. This year we cooperated in a state-wide trial to look at attractiveness of annual; flowers to various pollinators. Data was collected each week for eight weeks and will be compiled into a report. We are hoping that the information will help gardeners choose flowers that will improve habitat for pollinators.
Valley Natural Foods – Dakota County Master Gardeners partner with Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville (3750 County Road 11, 952-891-1212) to offer a wide range of interactive classes. We leave plenty of time to answer your questions! Look for a new schedule at Valley Natural Foods.
Habitat for Humanity – Our creative Master Gardeners provide valuable advice to new homeowners about the plants that will not only make their new yards beautiful but which plants will thrive in our Minnesota climate.
School Programs – The Master Gardener program has a long history of working with various schools on providing horticultural-related information, often in hands-on classes, to kids. These classes are wonderful opportunities to instill a lifelong appreciation of the environment and the value of gardening to all of us. Contact us if you would like to have a Master Gardener work with your group.
Therapeutic Programs – Gardening can be a therapeutic activity for many people. The Master Gardeners in Dakota County are involved in programs that serve the elderly and developmentally challenged through gardening. Contact us if you would like to have a Master Gardener work with your group.