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Extension is expanding its online education and resources while in-person events and classes are canceled.

Minnesota plant spotlight webinar series

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Thursday, September 10, 2020

Take a closer look at the plants that grow in Minnesota. You'll get to explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, houseplants and more. 

Local horticulture experts will each have a unique perspective to share, from ecological to commercial, and they will share tips and tricks for your garden.

The live webinars will be hosted on Thursdays at 7 p.m., from May 14 to September 10, 2020. 

Event information

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Thursday, September 10, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Laura Vogel, University of Minnesota Arboretum education manager 




Register on Zoom and an access code good for the entire series will be emailed to you.

Weekly webinar topics

This series is presented in collaboration with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Minnesota Landscape Association and Three Rivers Park.

  • May 14: Horticulture Plants for Specific Landscape Uses: Tough Plants, Cold-tolerant Annuals, Fragrant Plants and Edible Plants
    • Presenter: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator
  • May 21: Discovering Plants with Minnesota Roots
    • Presenter: Mary Schier, Editor, Northern Gardener
  • May 28: Growing Roses in Minnesota
    • Presenter: Andrew Gawboy, Curator, Lyndale Park Rose Garden
  • June 4: Minnesota's Native Orchids
    • Presenter: David Remucal, Rare Plant Conservation, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • June 11: TBD
    • Presenter: Arla Carmichiel, Three Rivers Park
  • June 18: Horticulture Plants for Specific Landscape Uses: Trees and Shrubs for Pollinators
    • Presenter: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator
  • June 25: Conservation of Rare Plants of the Anoka Sand Plain of East Central Minnesota
    • Presenter: Jason Husveth, Principal Ecologist, Critical Connections Ecological Services, Inc.
  • July 2: TBD
    • Presenter: TBD 
  • July 9: Bee Lawns
    • Presenter: Mary Meyer, Extension Horticulturist and Professor
  • July 16: Pines for Minnesota
    • Presenter: Pete Moe, Director, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • July 23: TBD
    • Presenter: Courtney Tchida, Community Outreach Manager, Minnesota State Horticultural Society
  • July 30: Horticulture Plants for Specific Landscape Uses: Groundcovers and low-growing plants
    • Presenter: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator
  • August 6: Prairie Plants for Minnesota
    • Presenter: Alan Branhagen, Director of Operations, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • August 13: Bur Oak
    • Presenter: Erin Buchholz, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • August 20: Horticulture Plants for Specific Landscape Uses: Selecting and planting spring blooming bulbs
    • Presenter: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator
  • August 27: TBD
    • Presenter: Jim Calkins, Landscape and Production Horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn.
  • September 3: Late Season Perennials
    • Presenter: Mike Heger, Lecturer and Author of “Perennials A to Z”, Retired Owner Ambergate Gardens
  • September 10: Prairie Dropseed, A Critical Native Grass
    • Presenter: Mary Meyer, Co-author “Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota,” University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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