Growing Connections is a free gardening program created exclusively for people living with early dementia, and for their care partners, offered by Hennepin County Master Gardeners in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. (Check out our promotional flyer here.)

This unique series began in 2017, when HCMG Ann Thureen met with the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter and gathered a team of HCMGs to create a series of casual gardening classes that focus on learning and having fun “in the moment.” No garden, gardening experience, or green thumb required!

This spring, Growing Connections is offering five classes and one tour on six consecutive Thursday mornings:  

Dates: April 18 to May 23
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Morning classes are filling up so a 2nd class time has been added from 1pm -3pm the same day.
Location: Hopkins Activity Center,
33 14th Avenue N., Hopkins

To view a description of each class, go to the Events tab and select Master Gardener-led Classes from the dropdown menu. Topics include herb-seed planting, fairy gardens, outdoor containers, bee houses, hydroponics and more! Each session stands alone, so participants can attend all six or however many they choose. 

To learn more or register:
Email us at,
or contact the Alzheimer’s Association at; 952-767-7570.