Horticulture Night offers a wide variety of demonstrations, presentations offered twice throughout the event. Typically held in the last Thursday of July, Horticulture Night gives visitors the opportunity to view annual flowers, plants, shrubs and trees under regional conditions as well as take in educational presentations. It is estimated that nearly 1,600 people attend the free event.
Horticulture topics will include:
- Pollinator Friendly Gardening (5 & 7 pm) with Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Master Gardener, Author, and Columnist for the Star Tribune, Northern Gardener, and Southern Living
- New Trends for Smart Container Gardening (5 & 7 pm) with Heidi Heiland, Master Gardener and CEO of Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens and Heidi's GrowHaus
- Integrated Pest Management for Homeowners (5 & 7 pm) with Chris Philips, Entomologist, U of MN
- Growing Quality Tomatoes for the Home Garden (5 & 7 pm) with Mary Rogers, Department of Horticulure Science, U of MN
- Knock-Out Annuals (6 & 8 pm) with Steve Poppe, Horticulturalist, U of MN WCROC
- Trees and Shrubs for West Central Minnesota (6 & 8 pm) with Tim Swedberg, Swedberg Nursery
- Growing Strawberries & Raspberries in Minnesota (6 & 8 pm) with Jim Luby, Department of Horticulture Science, U of MN
- Cold Hardy Grapes for Winemaking (6 & 8 pm) with Soon Li Teh, PhD student in Plant Breeding and Genetics, U of MN
During the event, we'll offer the public a chance to vote for their top three favorite flowers in the Display Garden! Flowers receiving the most votes will earn the distinction as "Consumer Favorites" in our annual flower report, which goes out to plant breeding companies around the world.
Other activities include farm tours, cow milking demonstration, vendor and food booths, and live music.
Horticulture Night is free and open to the public.