Skip to main content
Sep 24

2021 Master Gardener Update Conference

Friday, September 24 - Saturday, September 25

The 2021 Master Gardener Update Conference will be held Sept. 24-25 at the Huron Events Center (501 Wisconsin Ave. SW, Huron, SD 57350). This event is an opportunity to obtain timely, research-based gardening information, enjoy self-guided tours and socialize with Master Gardener colleagues from across the state.

Eligible attendees are South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Interns. For the Saturday banquet only, Master Gardeners may purchase a “plus one” ticket for a non-Master Gardener spouse or friend.


A block of hotel rooms is reserved at the Crossroads Hotel (phone 605-352-3204, address 100 4th St. SW, Huron, SD 57350), attached to the Huron Events Center. Ask for the Master Gardener Rate to reserve your room for $89.99+tax.

Other hotel options (no rooms blocked):

  • Best Western, 2000 Dakota Ave. S., Huron, SD 57350
  • Super 8, 2189 Dakota Ave. S., Huron, SD 57350


Registration deadline Sept. 17. Discount offered if you register before Sept. 10. Credit card payment is encouraged. If you must pay by check, please contact our Master Gardener conference coordinator Nancy Tofflemire at prior to registering to obtain check payment instructions. Registration is not recognized if check is received after Sept. 20.

No refunds will be provided after Sept. 20, 2021. All refunds will subtract Eventbrite fees.

For more information please contact Aimee Ladonski.

      Local Attractions

      Local Self-Guided Garden Tours

      Garden tours are open Friday, Sept. 24 1-4 p.m. CDT.

      • Tour of Rita Hilgedick’s three-year no-till garden, 20818-404th Ave., just off Hwy 14
        • This no-till garden uses mulch, fabric and soaker hoses for targeted watering just east of Huron.
      • Tour of Alexis McEnelly’s garden, 609 Wisconsin Ave. SW, 1 block south of Huron Event Center
        • This tour is within walking distance of the Event Center.
      • Tour of Huron Christian Church’s no-till community garden, 777 21st St. SE
        • The community no-till garden utilizes fabric mulching, drip irrigation and cover crops in rotation.
      • Tour of Jeff and Laura Hemenway vineyard/established no-till garden/orchard/herb garden, 20281-397 Ave. northwest of Huron (Five miles north and three miles west of Taco John’s)
        • This tour will begin at 10 a.m. for anyone who wants to come early and still have time to eat out for lunch before officer meetings begin in the afternoon.
      • Tour of Ruth Hemen’s raised bed and flower gardens, 573 4th St. SW
        • This tour is four blocks west of the Event Center – it’s an empty lot transformed into a personal park/garden – enter from the alley on Montana Ave. SW

      Local History

      • Gladys Pyle House, 376 Idaho Ave SE
        • Beautifully preserved historic home built in 1894
        • Pyle was the first woman elected to the United States Senate
        • Home will be open Friday, Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m.
      • Dakotaland Museum, 930-3rd St SW (located on the State Fairgrounds)
        • Glimpse into the past with this extraordinary collection of artifacts
        • Museum will be open Friday, Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m.
      • Tour of historic 1903 Campbell home, 726 Dakota Ave S.
        • This home is also featured in the self-guided walking tour and will be open Friday, Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m.

      Self-Guided Tours

      • Walking tour of Campbell Park Historic District
        • Seven square blocks immediately south of downtown area
        • Primarily residential homes built between 1900-1921
        • Brochure available at check in
      • Murals on the Town 
        • Spectacular outdoor art project
        • Brochure available at check in
      • Walking tour of Ravine Lake
        • Located at 800 Easy Street, just west of Plains Motel off Hwy 14
        • One mile walking trail around lake with historic bathhouse and gardens
      • Maga-Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area (WPA)
        • Located eight miles west of Huron on Hwy 14
        • Dedicated by Sioux Indians who named it Maga-Ta-Hohpi (duck-nest)
        • Nesting boxes, info kiosk, walking trail, photo blind


      • East River Nursery, 5659 Dakota Ave. S. Huron (on Hwy 37) (closed Sunday)
        • Large inventory of plants/nursery stock with a unique gift shop

      Coffee/Ice Cream Shops

      • Don’t Spill the Beans, 289 Dakota Ave. S.
      • Aroma Coffee, 349 Wisconsin Ave. SW
      • Putters  and Scoops, 800 Easy Street
      • POP Ice Cream, 274 Dakota Ave S.
      • Dairy Queen, 165 Lincoln Ave. SW