garden + home stage sponsored by:
the minnesota state horticultural society
and sculptured earth

Stage Schedule

Wednesday, February 26:

2:00pm3:00pmJudy Griesedeick: Understanding Pollinators through the Lens of Photography
3:00pm4:00pmJoel Karsten: The Straw Bale Gardens method makes growing vegetables easy and fun!

Bob Dahm: DIY Organic Lawn Care

5:00pm6:00pmJudy Griesedeick: Understanding Pollinators through the Lens of Photography

Thursday, February 27:

2:00pm3:00pmWilliam Dougherty: A Season of Flowering Bulbs, Tubers, and Corms
3:00pm4:00pmJoel Karsten: The Straw Bale Gardens method makes growing vegetables easy and fun!
4:00pm5:00pmBrooke Sommerfeldt: Wasps, Flies, Moths, and More: What Gardeners Should Know about Pollinator Diversity and Bee Lookalikes


Friday, February 28:

1:00pm2:00pmTheresa Rooney: Humane Critter Control
2:00pm3:00pmJenn Hovland: Growing Succulents and Houseplants with Success
3:00pm4:00pmJosh Kiecker of Sculptured Earth
4:00pm5:00pmBob Dahm: How to Install and Maintain Your Bee Lawn
5:00pm6:00pmNick "The Pond King" Needham: Water Features Gaining Popularity


Saturday, February 29:

11:30am12:30pmMichelle Mero Riedel: Photography In Your Garden
12:30pm1:30pmRuss Henry: Backyard Heroes: What You Can Do To Be A Hero To Wildlife Including Bees, Butterflies, Birds, And More In Your Own Landscape
1:30pm2:30pmJosh Kiecker of Sculptured Earth
2:30pm3:30pmJoe Kurke, General Manager of Southtown Refrigeration & Mechanical and Matt Leaf, Dean of Workforce Education at Hennepin Technical College: Trades Careers: Paths in Many Directions
3:30pm4:00pmAnna Schaulfler, Plant Department Manager at Koehler & Dramm Wholesale Florist and Jenn Hovland, Owner of Fleur de Louise: Indoor and Outdoor Pots
4:00pm5:00pmNick "The Pond King" Needham: Water Features Gaining Popularity
5:00pm6:00pmLaura Wood and Paul Farrell of By The Woods Custom Landscaping: What goes where? How to pick the right paver and retaining wall for your landscape project


Sunday, March 1:

11:00am12:00pmMatt Ratliff of Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms: Mushroom Cultivation for the Home Gardener
12:00pm1:00pmLee Bergum of Energy Panel Structures: SIPlify your Lifestyle
1:00pm2:00pmJosh Kiecker of Sculptured Earth
2:00pm3:00pmDeck Wars Panel Discussion sponsored by TimberTech Speakers: Chris Tackaberry of Deck City, Jon Brennhofer of Dreamodel, Mark King of Infinite Decks, Tim Brown of PHI Decks and Jim Shull of TimberTech
3:00pm4:00pmMarty Bergland: Seed Starting 101


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minnesota state horticultural society

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS) has been cultivating cold-climate gardeners for over 150 years through access to gardening resources, community engagement, educational programs and the award-winning magazine Northern Gardener.

Since 1988, the MSHS program Minnesota Green has served the greening efforts of volunteer gardeners throughout the Twin Cities and the region. Minnesota  Green distributes donated seeds, plants and gardening tools and supplies to community gardens and public green spaces. With its support, gardeners are able to beautify their neighborhoods, grow their own healthy food, and strengthen their communities. 

Started in 2008, the Garden-in-a-Box program was created by MSHS to teach vegetable gardening to kids so they could learn where their food comes from and make healthier food choices. MSHS distributes vegetable gardening kits and offers educational opportunities to community groups serving low-income and at-risk children and families. Garden-in-a-Box reaches participants throughout the state of Minnesota.

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A full-service landscape building and landscape design company, Sculptured Earth employs the talent of gifted landscapers and a unique design process to transform residential properties into true works of art. Through expertly-built paver patios, water features, outdoor kitchens, and other elements, our team of landscaping contractors sculpt and reshape land into impressive works of artistic vision. If you are considering a landscaping project in the Twin Cities Metro area of Minnesota.

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Main Stage Emcee by Brian Lansing of Mic Drop Entertainment

Brian, has over a decade of professional hosting experience. Including working with top brands such as the Vikings, Wolves, Fox9, Under Armour, X Games St Jude and Mall of America. To name a few. His high energy, positive, and fun style is guaranteed to connect with any audience. Driven by his passion for people his number one goal on stage is to make sure the audience is having fun. “If they walk away smiling, then I did my job.”  

When he doesn’t have a mic in his hand he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Stephanie and son Nikolai, working out, watching movies, and listening to music. Brian’s also a huge fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and would love to meet him in person some day.    

Stop by the stage on Saturday and Sunday of the show to see Jason Hudoba, another Mic Drop Entertainment emcee. Since 2014 Jason Hudoba has been the In-Arena Host for the Four time champion Minnesota Lynx. His upbeat, positive, and funny style keeps fans engaged throughout each time out break. In addition to hosting for the Lynx Jason has Emceed for hundreds of benefit and charity events.

Where to find Brian  

Facebook: @mdropent 

IG: Micdrop_ent 

Linkedin: Mic Drop Entertainment