SDSU Extension Master Gardener Update Conference

Categorized: Gardens, Gardening, Master Gardeners

: Sep 28th

The Minnehaha County Master Gardener Club will host the Annual Master Gardener Update Conference on Sept. 28 - 30 at the SDSU Extension Sioux Falls Regional Center (2001 East 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD) and at other locations.

Saturday Conference Sessions


Keynote speaker: Mary Holm “Rooted in Holiday Traditions”

Panel discussion: “The Root of the Problem in 2018, including Dr. David Graper, Tom Holm, Margaret Murphy and others.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1:

  • Amanda Bachmann “Bugs Through the Ages – Life in the Root Zone” or
  • Tom Holm “New Roots - Plant Propagation Techniques”

Session 2:

  • Rhoda Burrows “Roots are Not Just Straws” or
  • Eileen Dowd-Stukel “Grass Roots Key to Pollinator Health"

Session 3:

  • Margaret Murphy “Root Veggies – Hidden Gems” or
  • Tim Schreiner “Beauty in Plants – Photography from Roots to Rosebuds”

Banquet Speakers

  • Aimee Ladonski “Extension Master Gardeners Rooted in Volunteer Service”
  • Dave Graper, PhD “History of the Extension Master Gardener Program”

Other Optional Tours/Speakers

  • Friday, 2:30 - 3:30 - Tour of Japanese Gardens with Mary Ellen Connelly
  • Friday, 4:00 - 5:00 - Tour of Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum with Vanessa Lambert
  • Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 - Good Earth nature walk and park film with James Hennings (requires a state park pass)
  • Sunday, 9:00 - 10:00 - Falls Park Tour with Mike Ollerich
  • Sunday, 10:00 - Noon - Brunch with speaker Sarah Stowers “Discoveries from the Archives”

Please visit the Minnehaha County Master Gardeners website for the complete conference schedule and further information on conference sessions, speakers and directions.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels. To receive the conference rate, please reference Minnehaha Master Gardeners.
Country Inn & Suites
200 E. 8th Street, Sioux Falls
Rate: $109 + tax (rate expires on August 28)

Holiday Inn Sioux Falls City Centre
100 W. 8th Street, Sioux Falls
Rate: $109 + tax (rate expires on August 29)

Quality Inn & Suites Airport North
5410 N. Granite Lane, Sioux Falls
Rate: $104.99 + tax (rate expires on August 28)

Visit the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website for a list of other Sioux Falls accommodations.

Photography Exhibits:

Master Gardeners are invited to participate in the photography exhibits.

This year’s photo contest themes are:

  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – discovering insects in the garden
  • Water Drops – viewing the garden through the unique lens of water droplets
  • Fruit & Seed Pods Through the Year
  • Our Garden Roots – New Category – Anything goes, use your creativity!

Photography contest rules can be found at the Minnehaha County Master Gardener website.

Silent Auction 

All master gardener groups are encouraged to donate items for the silent auction being hosted at the Update. Silent auction proceeds go to the SDMG Endowment Fund. Items can be dropped off at the Sioux Falls Regional Extension office (2001 E. 8th Street, Sioux Falls) during registration times on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Event Locations

September 28, 2018

Friday Tour (2:30-3:30)
Japanese Gardens
707 N Grange Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD

Friday Tour (4:00-5:00)
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum
1900 South Perry Place
Sioux Falls, SD

Friday Early Registration (2:00-5:00)
SDSU Regional Extension Center
South Dakota School for the Deaf campus
2001 East 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD

Friday Evening Registration, Social/Meal, & Nature Walk (5:30-9:00)
Good Earth State Park
26924 480th Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
(Latitude: 43.29157, Longitude: 96.36519)

September 29, 2018

Saturday Sessions, Awards, & Banquet (7:30 AM-9:00 PM)
SDSU Regional Extension Center
South Dakota School for the Deaf campus
2001 East 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD

September 30, 2018

Sunday Falls Park Walk, Brunch & Speaker (9:00-12:00)
Falls Overlook Café
825 North Weber Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD

Online Registration

The first 25 registrants will have their names included in a special door prize drawing. Note the price for the Saturday sessions will be increased from $55 to $70 after Monday, September 10. We welcome all registrants, but after September 10th, there is no guarantee for Saturday banquet placement.

During the online registration process, you will choose which parts of the conference you want to attend. You will also indicate your preference for break-out sessions so that we can adequately plan seating for each session.

Payment Options: You can pay by credit card OR by check. Please follow the instructions carefully. Select the Order Now button to pay with a credit card. If you would like to pay with a check, select the Show other payment options wording below the “Order Now” button then choose the “Pay Offline” button. Checks should be made payable to SDSU Extension and mailed to iGrow, SAG 217, Box 2207, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007.