Welcome To The Garden Club of Ramsey County Website

The Garden Club of Ramsey County (GCRC), with a membership of approximately 150, is one of the largest affiliates of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS). Established in 1912 we are the oldest continuously operating garden club in Minnesota.

Open to all, GCRC serves the community by
  • sponsoring educational speakers at monthly meetings
  • maintaining public gardens
  • holding an annual plant sale
  • providing expert volunteers to tutor new gardeners
  • holding workshops
  • volunteering at MSHS sponsored events
Whether a resident of Ramsey County or not, an accomplished or a novice gardener, you are invited to join our community of gardeners today.


Meetings are free and open to the public.

November 17, 2014 GCRC Monthly Meeting
6:30 p.m. Business Meeting
7:00 p.m. Refreshments and Conversation
7:25 p.m. Guest Speaker, Duane Otto
Topic: Winter Containers - Transitioning Through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Into Spring.

Duane Otto is a landscape gardener at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and has been for over 24 years. He selects a new color theme and style for the spring and summer annual displays each year. This includes selecting 32,000 tulips and 7000 pansies for the spring and well over 25,000 annuals for the summer. Duane designs nearly all the container and moss basket combinations and many of the perennial displays. He and seasonal crew and volunteers maintain the many ter- race gardens surrounding the Visitor Center and Snyder Building. In November Duane and his gardener assistant and volunteers enhance the winter landscape by filling most existing containers and moss baskets with evergreen boughs, branches, berried branches and other natural materials. 
Duane also does horticultural speaking, garden consultation, perennial garden design and installation. He sells perennials, dried florals, spring branches, evergreen boughs and winter containers at local farmers markets and consignment stores.

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1978 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul, MN

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