Things are finally slowing down a bit in the garden, and this post is clearly long overdue. The new fiscal year has started at our organization, and a new season of events has been posted. Please check back regularly for updates on all the details. At our September meeting we raised some money with our members only plant sale (another great reason to join), honored a longstanding member, Chuck Carlson, with a Chapter Service Award, and people volunteered for new roles to keep our organization rolling along.

Our October meeting will be a good one, so if you haven’t ventured into a meeting before, then this would be an excellent time to do so. New members (wanna be members can come and sign up on site) are especially welcome. Our speaker will be Marcia Tatroe from Colorado, who is on the NARGS national speaker tour coordinated by Panayoti Kelaidis.

Marcia was on the board of directors for Xeriscape Colorado for 5 years. A designer and avid gardener, her gardens have been featured in magazines and on television programs. She is a regular contributor to Fine Gardening and a columnist for Denver Post and Sunset.

Marcia is author of Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West, described as the first complete gardening book to cover the hot, dry, desert and plains areas of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Topics include: extensive plant lists for all areas, hardscape ideas using rock and wood, where to find garden art and how to use it to create your own regional aesthetic, as well as hundreds of practical suggestions to overcome the challenges of gardening in the Intermountain West.

You can learn more about Marcia at

Or just come to the meeting!




The plant sale is rapidly approaching! Please see the new time on the calendar. Members, now is the time to start put those extra divisions or seedlings in pots to bring for sale. We always have a wonderful selection of plants for both small space and traditional gardens, including alpines, rock garden perennials for sun and shade, grasses, annuals, hosta and shrubs. Members with extensive gardening expertise will be available to ‘Ask a Rock Gardener’ – stop by and go away with new plants and knowledge!

Saturday, June 2nd, from 10 AM to Noon. We will be at the Jaycees Pavilion at Central Park in Roseville.



The April 14 meeting is cancelled due to weather.  The Hennepin Technical College will be closed also.  It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to listen to Deb Kvamme’s sage propagation advice, as she would have been our speaker.   Being so close to spring (although that almost seems like wishful thinking), rescheduling for a May meeting is not a viable option.  Our next get together will still be our garden tour, Saturday May 19. Stay warm and think SPRING!!

Earth Day Opportunity

Lakewood Cemetery is offering behind-the-scenes tours of their greenhouse operations and a take-home planting opportunity as an Earth Day Celebration. Lakewood, located in south Minneapolis, is one of the only cemeteries in the country that still maintains a full-service greenhouse operation, and this event marks the only day of the year that the greenhouses are open to the public. The event takes place, Sunday, April 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with the grounds open for self-guided tours from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

You can learn more about the event at

The greenhouse tours at last year’s first annual Earth Day Celebration sold out very quickly, so this year they have added many more tour times, but act fast if you are interested in attending this event.


The annual banquet is just around the corner! Joseph Tychonievich will be speaking on Re-imagining a Classic Rock Garden Style. Joseph is editor of the Rock Garden Quarterly journal and author of two rock gardening books. He will share his visits to traditional and ‘re-imagined’ rock gardens across North America, while presenting a distinctly optimistic view of the next generation of rock garden enthusiasts.

We will meet on Saturday, March 24th from 5 PM to 9 PM at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel (Ridgedale Sheraton) , 12201 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, 55305.

The cost to attend is $30

Please contact Doug Root at or 651-697-9183 to RSVP!