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3738 42nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55406

EVENTS

WINTER SEMINAR SERIES 2019

Another year of interesting presentations is on tap!

Find more information about our FREE Monday and Wednesday classes directly below. 
At the very bottom of the list you will find our Workshop offerings: opportunities to delve deeper into a subject and to take home a finished product. 

Please note: All Workshops (except Kokedama at Sociable Cider Werks), are held at our Northeast store.


FREE CLASSES

GET YOUR SEEDS OUT! with Eli Wheeler*
Monday 2/11/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Ave S - across from Longfellow store) - SIGN UP!
Wednesday 2/20/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Northeast Store - SIGN UP!
Our 2019 kick-off class is your definitive guide for indoor seed starting success in Minnesota! You will learn which seeds are best started inside and which should be planted directly into your garden, how to grow seedlings with thick healthy stems, and how to acclimate them for transplant. FREE of charge.

*Eli Wheeler, professional seed starter and grower for Rush Creek Growers, will give you the best advice you’ll find in the tri-state area.

MOVING ON: NEW PLANTS 2019 with Vicky Weis*
Monday 2/25/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Ave S - across from Longfellow store) - SIGN UP!
Wednesday 2/27/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Northeast Store - SIGN UP!
Vicky Weis, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, returns with her annual spring Hope-Fest. These are all the new plant varieties you had no idea you needed for the spring and summer seasons! This presentation has grown in popularity every year with Vicky’s easy speaking style and glorious pictures of all the plants we imagine planting once the cold breaks. FREE of charge.

*Vicky has owned Rush Creek Growers with her business partner, Suzanne Baker, since the roaring '90s. Rush Creek is Mother Earth Gardens' main supplier of organically grown plants, including annuals, perennials, edibles and tropicals.

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING with Matt Smaus*
Monday 3/4/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Ave S - across from Longfellow store) - SIGN UP!
Wednesday 3/6/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Northeast Store - SIGN UP!
Learn how to co-manage your garden to be both beautiful and beneficial to our world - a world that now, more than ever, could benefit from small acts of stewardship. This class will cover how to design and manage a yard ecosystem that benefits your veggie garden while at the same time maintaining a productive veggie garden that benefits your whole garden ecosystem! Instructor Matt Smaus will discuss fencing that keeps bad guys out while letting good guys in, plant and mulching strategies that support beneficial insects, soil that supports healthy plants, and tips for managing lawns. FREE of charge.

*Matt Smaus is a gardener and farm manager who grows organic vegetables for retail establishments and tribal members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. He also keeps a big front-yard veggie and perennial garden at his home in South Minneapolis.

CREATING MEDICINE FROM HERBS AND NATIVE PLANTS with Nancy Graden* Monday 3/25/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Ave S - across from Longfellow store) - SIGN UP!
Wednesday 3/27/19 | 7pm - 8:30pm @ Northeast Store - SIGN UP!
In this FREE class, Instructor Nancy Graden will discuss the care and harvest of common garden herbs and native plants, how to turn your harvest into medicine and how to use the medicine to support your own health and well-being. The plants Nancy will review are lemon balm, chamomile, skullcap, elecampane, hyssop, butterfly weed, holy basil (also known as tulsi), and oats. All of these will be available (in seed or plant form) at Mother Earth come springtime! 

*Nancy Graden runs Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm in Amery, Wisconsin, a certified organic haven for over 60 different kinds of medicinal and culinary herbs. Nancy grew up surrounded by woods, plants, animals and water, but her interest in plants as medicine was sparked while living deep in the Ozark Mountains where she was gifted her very first book on herbs from 100-year old Mamaw Calhoon. While pursuing an associates degree in Western Clinical Herbalism, a deep reverence for the intelligence of plants and the part their gifts play in our health and well-being evolved. Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm was born out of this understanding and is now on its 7th year.


WORKSHOPS

Note: All Workshops take place at our Northeast Minneapolis location, 2318 NE Lowry Ave, EXCEPT the Kokedama Workshop at Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St NE.  

VALENTINE’S DAY DROP-IN: CREATE YOUR OWN CENTERPIECE ($25) | Thur 2/14/19 btw 5 and 7pm @ Northeast store
Valentine’s Day Create Your Own Centerpiece Drop-in, Thur 2/14/19 | btw 5 and 7pm @ Northeast - PREREGISTER HERE!
Want to adorn your home with something different than flowers in a vase this Valentine's Day? Drop-in to our Northeast location between 5 and 7pm on Thursday, 2/14/19, and create your own Valentine's Day Centerpiece! $25 gets you all the expert guidance, supplies and sustenance (snacks and a drink!) you'll need to make a beautiful floral statement piece to adorn a table, mantle, dresser or whatever empty surface you've got!

KOKEDAMA PLANT AND A PINT ($45) | Sunday 2/24/19, 3pm - 5pm @ Sociable Cider Werks (1500 Fillmore St NE)
Kokedama Plant and a Pint Workshop, Sunday 2/24/19 | 3pm - 5pm @ Sociable Cider Werks - SIGN UP!
Join Mother Earth Gardens at Sociable Cider Werks on Sunday, February 24th from 3-5pm for Kokedama Plant and a Pint! Kokedama is a Japanese bonsai technique where a plant's roots are wrapped in a ball of sphagnum moss and bound with a string. It transforms a typical planting into a decorative natural sculpture that can be set on a table or hung from the ceiling, a shelf or light fixture to make your space instantly Instagram-worthy so all your friends can swoon!  

Mother Earth Gardens staff will be on-hand in the taproom to provide expert guidance and $45 gets you all the supplies you need to create 1 large or 2 small kokedama to take home. Plus, Sociable is tossing in a FREE PINT of whatever you fancy: Hot Mulled Fat Bike on tap to warm your winter-weary soul or any of your other fav ciders!

BULB GARDEN MAKE-AND-TAKE ($45) | Saturday, 3/2/19, 10:30am - 12:30pm @ Northeast Store (2318 NE Lowry Ave)
Bulb Garden Make-and-Take Workshop, Saturday 3/2/19 | 10:30am - 12:30pm @ Northeast Store - SIGN UP!
Can't wait for those joyful spring bulbs to emerge from their winter hiding spots? Now you can make springtime and bring it home with you! Join Mother Earth Gardens at our Northeast location on Saturday, March 2nd from 10:30am - 12:30pm to create a beautiful bulb garden to brighten your home. $45 gets you all the supplies you need, a selection of sprouting spring bulbs, (such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinth or muscari) and the expert guidance needed to create an indoor springtime masterpiece. Also makes a great gift for anyone needing a late winter pick-me-up!

ULTIMATE VEGGIE GARDEN: TWO PART SATURDAY SERIES ($30) | 3/16 & 3/23, 10:30am - 12:30pm @ Northeast Store
Ultimate Veggie Garden, Saturdays 3/16/19 & 3/23/19 | 10:30am - 12:30pm @ Northeast Store (2318 NE Lowry Ave) - SIGN UP!
Part 1 (Saturday, March 16) of this two-part workshop will focus on vegetable garden planning and design. 
Part 2, one week later (Saturday, March 23), will take on garden construction and maintenance. Participants will draft a planting plan after the first class that instructor Matt will review during the second class. Homework required!
$30 for the two-part series. Signing up requires a commitment to attend both sessions.

*Matt Smaus is a gardener and farm manager who grows organic vegetables for retail establishments and tribal members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. He also keeps a big front-yard veggie and perennial garden at his home in South Minneapolis.