Home and Garden Show Ideas Aplenty

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show will be running two weekends this year (instead of just one), and we are excited to once again have scheduled a host of great garden speakers for you to hear. The talks will be held at the Garden Theater, just outside of the main doors to the show in Room 103. Whether you are interested in hostas or horticultural therapy, we have ideas and information for you.

Here’s the line up for this weekend, Feb. 26-28. (For the talks that will be given March 4-6, check out the Home and Garden Show garden theater page.)

Friday, Feb. 26

1 p.m., Urban Eco Design. Learn the principles of ecological design for small spaces from Jason Rathe, residential landscape designer at Field Outdoor Spaces.

2:30 p.m., Landscaping with Iris. Learn how to use the many northern hardy irises in your landscape from William Dougherty, the owner of SummerChase Gardens, who is a plant breeder, garden designer, photographer and garden blogger.

4 p.m. Backyard Composting. Find out how and why to create compost in your own backyard and how to use it on your garden from Tim Farnan, a recycling and composting expert for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency who serves on the board of the Minnesota Composting Council.

So many hostas, so little time.

So many hostas, so little time.

5:30 p.m. The Hosta Gardening Calendar. Gregg Peterson of the Minnesota Hosta Society will explain the needs of hostas throughout the growing season. Learn how to grow a bigger, healthier hosta.

7 p.m. Container Gardening Through the Seasons. Garden designer and Chief Experience Officer at Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens, Heidi Heiland knows lots of tips and tricks for creating beautiful containers for every season, even what she calls the “fifth season.”

Saturday, Feb. 27

11:30 a.m. Contain This: Mixing Veggies, Herbs and Flowers. Photographer and Master Gardener, Michelle Mero Reidel will show you how to use herbs, vegetables and flowers to create beautiful and delicious container plantings.

1 p.m. Low Maintenance Lawn Care.  Learn how to nurture a lower maintenance lawn that requires less fertilizer from Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota Extension turf grass expert.

2:30 p.m., Horticultural Therapy. Gardening heals. It really does, and the practice of Horticultural Therapy takes healing a step further.  Heidi Heiland will explain specific objectives and measurable outcomes that can be achieved in your garden.

4 p.m. Best Annuals and Perennials. Get your garden fix by seeing Michelle Mero Reidel’s gorgeous photos of some of her favorite annuals and perennials for Minnesota gardens.

5:30 p.m. Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots. Mark Armstead of Beisswenger’s Lawn and Garden will tell you how to grow more food for harvest using containers.

7 p.m. Lilies: Jewels of the Garden. No garden would be complete without lilies! In this talk, Peggy Nerdahl, an officer of the North Star Lily Society and board member of the North American Lily Society, will explain how to plant, propagate, and choose lilies for your garden. (After the talk, be sure to stop by our bulb area!)

Sunday, Feb. 28

Dahlias add glamour to the garden.

Dahlias add glamour to the garden.

11:30 a.m. How to Plant and Grow Dahlia. From dainty to dinner-plate sized, dahlias are always showy in the garden. In this talk, George Broostin, an avid dahlia grower and competitor, who is active in the Minnesota Dahlia Society, will explain how to grow better dahlias.

1 p.m., Organic Gardening from Your Kitchen Cabinet. Bobby Jensen from Grow with KARE offers ideas for growing your garden organically.

2:30 p.m. The History of Apples in Minnesota. Join us for the fascinating history of apples in Minnesota, the people who made our delicious choices possible and how they did it. Presenter is Marty Bergland of Heirloom House MN.

4 p.m. You Don’t Need to be a Beekeeper to Help Pollinators. That is true, true, true. Join the Green Girls from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for more on how to help pollinators.

5:30 p.m. Compost Tea and Mulching. Feed your garden with nutrients from compost tea, and other ways to build the soil from Laura Wood of The Garden by the Woods in Chanhassen.