Resources for Gardeners
Use the following links to find additional gardening information and assistance. To suggest a site for inclusion in our resource list or to report a broken link, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Gardening Links
Gardening Questions Answered
Have a question about gardens or landscape plants? Insects or wildlife? Plant disease? Soil testing? Try these resources:
- Master Gardener Yard & Garden Help Line at the UMN Landscape Arboretum:
- UMN Extension Gardening Information web site
- Offices: campus, regional, and county
Imprelis and Investigation of Damage to Trees
Imprelis is no longer on the market because the EPA issued a stop sale order in August 2011
Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability
CUES strives to educate landscape managers and urban residents about ways to embrace environmental stewardship by practicing sustainable management. A landscape managed through sustainable methods requires low inputs of labor, fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Excessive use of these chemicals can pollute surface and ground water and disturb natural ecosystem processes.
Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series
a landscape developed with sustainable practices will improve the environment by conserving resources and reducing chemical applications. A sustainable landscape will also reduce labor inputs making it less expensive to implement and maintain. The goal of the SULIS is to provide sustainable landscape information to the public and to the horticulture/landscape industry.
Soil and Water Conservation Society
fosters the science and the art of soil, water, and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability.
Public Gardens and Nature Centers
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
>Discounted Membership with your MSHS membership
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is provide a community and a national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes and conservation areas.
>Discounted Membership with your MSHS membership
Public Gardens of MN
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota. Each public garden site was visited and all garden photos presented were taken during these visits.
Walker Art Center
>Discounted Membership with your MSHS membership
The Reiman Gardens
constructed in 1995, celebrate the natural and botanic diversity of Iowa, as well as the historic traditions of gardening and horticulture at Iowa State University.
Men's and Women's Garden Club of Minneapolis
is a membership organization intended for all people interested in gardening.
Garden Centers and Landscape Professionals
Directory to Garden Centers & Landscape Professionals. A lawn and garden resource and annual buyers guide for consumers.
The Tree Trust, St. Paul, MN
transforming lives and landscapes
The Minnesota Grown program has over 1,100 diverse members including farmers’ markets, CSA farms, garden centers, wineries, fruit & vegetable growers, pick-you-own farms, livestock producers, meat processors, Christmas tree growers and producers of honey, wild rice, maple syrup, cheese and other gourmet products.
Minnesota Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener program in Minnesota is administered at the State Office in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, of the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Master Gardeners are paraprofessionals who represent the University of Minnesota Extension Service and teach horticulture.
U of MN Department of Horticultural Science
Internationally known for research in cold hardiness and development of new plant varieties for northern climates, the Department of Horticultural Science is home to a highly respected faculty with diverse areas of expertise in plant sciences.
U of MN Gardening and Commercial Horticulture
Gardening and Commercial Horticulture programs include training, seminars, and short courses for Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers, Midwestern food producers, nursery crop producers, floriculture producers, apple growers, grape growers, turf managers/producers, and shade tree/landscape managers.
Local Community Gardens
Plant Society Links
Download the Minnesota Plant Society Directory. *pdf
Community Gardening Links
The American Community Gardening Association
is a national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.
A City Among the Trees
resource for citizens, planners, policy makers, and youth to actively plan and manage our urban forest to achieve a sustainable quality of life.
dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside.
Gardening From USDA
This website is dedicated to all gardeners - young and old, novice and experienced, rural, urban, and suburban. In this website, they've pulled together years of research and experience to provide you with useful gardening information.
National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils
represents America's 332 Resource Conservation and Development Councils. These local councils deliver coordinated resource conservation and rural development assistance throughout rural America.
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
supports education, projects, and groups related to urban and community forestry.
Urban Community Gardens
Community gardens transform empty lots into green, living spaces. They are collaborative projects created by members of the community; residents share in both the maintenance andrewards of the garden.
Urban Agriculture Articles
from City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture, Vancouver
Promoting and preserving community gardening in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Based on the philosophy that community gardeners are the best experts on community gardening. Our ambition is to connect gardeners from across the metro area so they can learn from and support each other in this great endeavor.
Composting, Manure, and Compost Bin Links
Composting and Mulching:
University of Minnesota Extensionwww1.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/soils/composting-and-mulching-guide
How to Compost your Organic Waste:
Build a Compost Bin:
Riverside County Waste Management Department
Where to Purchase Compost Bins:
Dakota County: The Recycling Zone
(You do not have to be a Dakota County resident to purchase these.)
City of White Bear Lake
www.whitebearlake.org (click on “Refuse and Recycling”)
Cost per bin is $30 for White Bear Lake residents and $47.93 for non-residents.
Pick up bins at White Bear Lake Public Works, 4200 Hoffman Road.
Pick-up hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hand Crafted Cedar composters by Steve's Earth Engine, as seen at the MSHS State Fair display in 2008.
Hennepin County Resources on Compost Bins
Manure, Where to buy, by County
Download the pdf
Build a Rain Barrel:
University of MN Extension
Rain Barrels: A way of Collecting and Using Rainwater
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
How to Assemble and Install your Rain Barrel:
Capital Region Watershed District
Where to Purchase Rain Barrels:
Call for requests: 612-278-7160.
Rain barrels for Minneapolis residents for $75.
Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed
Gardening with Kids
Gardening is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by everyone – even kids. It brings people closer to the earth and allows them to learn about the life cycles of plants and other living creatures. Understanding where food comes from is becoming more and more important, and children love growing it themselves. You may find that they are more willing to eat vegetables and fruit that they had a hand in growing! The below link provides many gardening projects for kids that are sure to help them catch the gardening bug.
Gardening for Pets
Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants
These lists from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) contain plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in these plant lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.
Insects & Disease
Plant Disease Diagnostics
is a web page designed to help individuals from the state of Minnesota diagnose plant disease problems in their yard and garden. Diagnoses made by 'Plant Disease Diagnostics' are based on visual observations of symptoms expressed by the infected plant.
International Society of Plant Pathology
ISPP promotes the world-wide development of plant pathology and the dissemination of knowledge about plant diseases and plant health management.
American Horticulture Therapy Association (AHTA), Lexington, KY
Advancing the practice of horticulture as therapy to improve human well-being
The American Ivy Society
for lovers of ivy. Membership includes a new ivy plant each year and subscription to the Ivy Journal.
The Community Food Security (CFS) Coalition, Venice, CA
dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.
FFA makes a positive difference in lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. From floriculture to genetic engineering and raising crops or animals to marketing, there are more than 300 diverse careers in agriculture.
The Food Alliance, Portland, OR
promotes sustainable agriculture by recognizing and rewarding farmers and educating consumers about the benefits.
Garden Mosaics - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Connecting Youth and Elders to investigate the mosaic of plants, people and cultures in gardens.
Gardening for people of all ages, abilities and lifestyles. A collection of articles and tips.
The National Agricultural Library
as the Nation's primary source for agricultural information the NAL has a mission to increase the availability and utilization of agricultural information for researchers, educators, policymakers, consumers of agricultural products, and the public. The Library is one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural research libraries and plays a vital role in supporting research, education, and applied agriculture.
National Gardening Association
for more than twenty years, the National Gardening Association has been doing two things: helping gardeners and helping people through gardening. Founded in 1972 (as "Gardens for All") to spearhead the community garden movement, today's National Gardening Association is best known for its innovative science education programs, and its garden-related research.