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Tuesday Evening Classes Held Throughout the Summer at the Master Gardener Education & Research Display Garden in Rosemount, Minnesota


If you are looking to get fresh ideas for your garden, to see the latest in University flower, fruit, and vegetable varieties and accompanying research for yourself, or just to experience a beautiful, accessible garden, you will want to visit the 6-acre Master Gardener Education & Research Display Garden! There are over 25 different display and trial gardens to see.  They are well-labeled and a fantastic resource for Minnesota gardeners.

The garden is free to the public and open daily (sunrise to sunset) with plenty of free parking available. It is located on the South side of Highway 46 in Rosemount, Minnesota, just two miles East of Highway 3. It is within and part of the 5,000 acre UMore Park (University of Minnesota Outreach, Research, and Education Park). The garden started in 2001 with the purpose of being a display garden serving the public through education and research.  It is located in the Southeast metro and has a much different flavor and a unique purpose compared to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum located in the West metro. 

Photo 1: Tuesday Evenings in the Garden classes begin at the main gazebo. David Zlesak

In 2003 Master Gardeners became involved in the project and led the way to establish and bring to fruition the many wonderful theme gardens that support the mission of public education.  Much of the plant materials and hardscape supplies within the garden have been possible from the generous donations of many individuals and businesses.  The 6 acre demonstration / trial garden serves as an outdoor learning center.  Approximately 130 Master Gardeners are currently involved in the ongoing development and maintenance of the garden. This is the first garden of its kind in the nation and it has already won prestigious national awards. Learn more about the garden.


Photo 2: The herb garden has a beautiful formal design and look. David Zlesak

One of the multiple educational programs at the garden is Tuesday Evenings in the Garden.  Each Tuesday night throughout the growing season there is a class from 6:30-8:00PM.  Classes begin at the gazebo. Click here for registration information.  Pre-registration is recommended to help instructors prepare an appropriate number of handouts and have enough supplies ready for hands on projects.

The 2009 Tuesday Evenings in the Garden Classes are:

May 26th Iris – A Kaleidoscope of Color – Lee Kaibel

This hands-on class will focus on dividing bearded iris and comparing bearded and beardless iris and how they are used in gardens.  Participants will learn how to care for each of these beautiful plants and view many of the approximately 200 varieties of iris in various stages of bloom in the display gardens at UMore. $10.00

June 2nd Luscious Tomatoes – David Zlesak

Growing delicious, fresh tomatoes at home is easy and can be richly rewarding.  Come and learn about basic types/categories of tomatoes and proven cultural techniques to help us get the most out of them.  There will be tomato plants to take home! $10.00


Photo 3: A living willow fence provides a creative barrier for the kitchen garden from the highway. David Zlesak

June 9th Herbs by the Kitchen Door – Shari Mayer

Spice up your cooking by creating a potted herb garden you can keep by the kitchen door. All supplies are included. $25.00

June 16th Rain Gardens – Joanne Sabin

Learn how to create a beautiful garden of native plants that captures rain runoff, protecting our lakes and rivers. $10.00

June 23rd Fruit Trees – Bob Condon and Sally McNamara

Get the know-how you need to grow productive fruit trees in Minnesota. $10.00

June 30th Got the Blueberry Blues? – Warren Banks

Warren covers the cultural techniques needed to grow this handsome shrub, both for fruit production and landscape appeal. $10.00

July 14th Wildflower Gardens – Roxanne Beseman and Corinne Johnson

Learn to grow wildflowers and add a touch of delicate beauty to your garden. $10.00


Photo 4: There are hundreds of hardy landscape roses throughout the garden. David Zlesak

July 21st Nonstop Lilies – David Zlesak

There are several classes/types of lilies we can successfully grow in Minnesota.  With a little care we can select types/varieties of lilies so as to have lilies in flower during most of the growing season!  Come learn about different lily categories and cultural techniques to make the most out of these amazing garden showstoppers. $10.00

July 28th For the Birds – Suzanne Hamann and Deb Morrison

This class covers plantings that will attract a wide variety of birds to your garden. $10.00

August 4th Toadstool Garden Art – Cheryl Mann

Create a lightweight hypertufa toadstool and add a whimsical touch to your garden. $25.00 (includes supplies)

August 11th Square Foot Gardening – Chris Johnson

Learn how to grow the maximum number of vegetables in the smallest space. $10.00

August 18th The Dirt on Soil – Elizabeth Spedaliere, Deb Snow and Kathy Bonnett

Want to know what’s happening beneath the soil surface? This class covers soil types, nutrients, and water retention. $10.00


Photo 5: The vegetable display gardens draw a lot of attention. David Zlesak

August 25th Stepping Stones – Joyce Clarin

Create a cement stepping stone with a unique, natural design. $25.00 (includes supplies)

September 15th Fall Pots – Kathy Bonnett, Deb Snow and Elizabeth Spedaliere

Replace faded annuals with corn stalks, dried flowers and grasses. No watering required! (Supplies included. Bring a soil-filled pot.) $25.00

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