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Giving Gardens at Northland Arboretum in 2020

Gardening 101 for Youth and Adults was canceled in 2020 due to COVID. The Crow Wing County Master Gardeners established ‘Giving Gardens’ in order to still utilize that valuable space at the Northland Arboretum. All produce grown in these gardens will be donated to the community. In addition, to help those who may be starting vegetable gardens for the first time, the Master Gardeners have developed “Garden Guides” fact sheets. Reference them on our website here.

Thanks to Brainerd Lakes Area Relief, Crow Wing Energized, and Whole Kids for helping to make this project a success and for the funds to make some much needed improvements to the gardens. The Master Gardeners hope to resume Gardening 101 in 2021.

READ MORE about the Giving Gardens at the Northland Arboretum: Here’s a wonderful article from the Brainerd Dispatch. 

Plant Sale 2019 Success!

On Saturday May 25th, Northland Arboretum, the Brainerd Garden Club and Crow Wing Master Gardeners hosted their Annual Plant Sale. Thank you to all who joined us to make this another successful fund raiser!



2019 Youth and Veteran/Adult Gardening 101

Classes began June 7th and will run through August 28th; 9:30-11:30 am. For more information and registration, call Northland Arboretum at 218-829-8770. 

OPEN HOUSE Garden Tour: Wednesday August 14th 11:00-11:30 am. Family and friends invited to tour the Youth Gardening 101 gardens! Meet at the Arboretum Garden entrance. Hosted by U or M Master Garden Program and Northland Arboretum.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S YOUTH AND VETERAN/ADULT GARDENING 101 CLASS: Here’s a wonderful Extension Highlight written by: Tracey Srock, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer in Crow Wing County; Dan Lee and Jennifer Lee, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener interns.  

Become a Master Gardener in Crow Wing County!

If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer.  Applications were accepted for the Crow Wing County Extension Master Gardener Program until October 1st.

Individuals selected for the program will begin an internship that starts with the Master Gardener core course training in January.  The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.

Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.  Interns might answer plant questions by phone or at an information booth, write a newspaper column, or make a presentation to a community group.

After completing the internship, you become a certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener.  To remain certified, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually.

For an application packet and more information, please contact Crow Wing Master Gardeners at (218) 824-1068.

U of M Extension Master Gardeners at Crow Wing County Fair

U of M Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners will be staffing the “Ask a Master Gardener” booth located in the Horticulture Building at the Crow Wing County Fair from 10 am to 8 pm every day of the fair, July 30th through August 3rd, 2019.  

Visit the informational booth to obtain up-to-date, research-based information on many horticulture-related topics such as flower, vegetable gardening, wildlife management, etc.  Also bring diseased plant material for diagnosis.  Information about the Master Gardener Program and how to become a certified program member will also be available.  To find us, look for the white pergola in the center area of the building.  

For more information about the informational booth, Crow Wing Master Gardeners at (218) 824-1068.

Veterans Intro To Gardening 2019

This year the Northland Arboretum has initiated a unique Gardening 101 for Veterans and their families, the only program of its kind within several surrounding counties. As with the youth program, the initial participant numbers will hopefully build over the next few years. Open to Military Veterans and their families, for the very first “hands on food” gardening education by Master Gardeners of Crow Wing County. Garden sessions run one day per week early June through August, 9:30 am -11:30 am. Plus one time initial class for garden planning and spring prep. Call the Northland Arboretum for more information; 218-829-8770 or Ken Lueken at