Horticulture Night

July 29, 2021 4-8pm

Our most highly anticipated event of the year—Horticulture Night—will be held in-person for 2021! While our 2020 event could only be held virtually, we’re planning for a safe 2021 in-person event that follows COVID-19 safety protocols all while taking in the beauty of the Horticulture Display Garden. The year 2021 will mark our 50th in-person celebration of Horticulture Night, and we sure hope to see you there!  

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021  4 pm—8 pm (Note the time change from years past!) 

Location: Horticulture Display Garden at the WCROC 

Registration: Required upon admittance 

In-person Presentations: Demonstrations will be spread out throughout the Garden, allowing participants to freely go from one station to another. There will be no set start and end time for these demonstrations. This allows for social distancing. We encourage participants to ask questions at the stations that are of interest to them, while going through the various stations at their own comfort level. Stations include:

  • Let's Grow and Use Herbs! Herbs add flavor to menu items without calories. They are easy to grow all season long. Learn about using and preserving herbs with Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D, Food and Nutrition Specialist from NDSU. Ongoing presentation from 4-5:30, 6-8 pm
  • Growing Tomatoes Like a Pro Learn about a mix of tomato varieties, plus tools and techniques to make tomato plants healthy and productive. Presented by Ryan Pesch, proprietor of Lida Farms, and an U of MN Extension Educator.
  • 50-Year Anniversary Garden Steve Poppe, WCROC Horticulturist, will share the interesting floriculture history and annual cultivars dating back to the 1970's to celebrate our 50 years of Horticulture Night. Ongoing presentation from 4-6, 6:30-8 pm.
  • Rain Gardens 101 Matt Solemsaas, District Administrator with the Steven County Soil & Water District, will show all things rain gardens from site selection to design to installation to maintenance. Ongoing presentation from 4-6, 6:30-8 pm.
  • Orchids How to successfully grow orchids at home with Steve Gonzalez, American Orchid Society Judge. Ongoing presentation from 4-5:30, 6-7 pm.
  • Successful Residential Landscapes: Avoiding Mistakes Even the Professionals Make with Jim Calkins, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. Ongoing presentation from 4-5:30, 6-8 pm.
  • Protecting Pollinators with IMP Learn how IPM can be used to protect pollinators in the home and garden setting. Presented by Anthony Hanson, entomologist and U of MN Extension Educator. Ongoing presentation from 4-6, 6:30-8 pm. 

Online Presentations Can’t make it in person or prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home? Several online educational videos are available:

Tours: All tours will be self-guided to avoid crowding together. Maps and brochures will be available to guide you. 

Other ActivitiesOther activities include food and vendor booths, cow milking demonstration and cheese sampling from 5:30-8 pm, and WCROC farm animals will be available for an up-close look at what they eat, how they grow and what they produce for us.

Seating: We encourage you to bring your own seating (i.e. camping chair) since there will be no bleachers. Also, please note there will be no tents (again, to avoid crowding together) so bring your own umbrella for shade if you desire. 

Food: Available for purchase on-site. 

Masks: Social distancing and facemasks required for those who are not fully vaccinated.

One thing that the circumstances of the past year has made very evident is that things can change very quickly, and we may need to shift our event plans and expectations accordingly, even at the last minute. Please check back with this event page for further details and updates about Horticulture Night, especially prior to coming to the event.