If you’ve never been to Bergeson Nursery during the summer, it’s probably something you should add to your bucket list. Located southeast of Fertile, Minn., the gardens are always open during daylight hours in the summer. They are the most beautiful from late July through early September, and during that time, printed garden guides are available then that allow you to take a self-guided tour. The nursery will be holding its annual open house Saturday (Aug. 11). There will be guided garden tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., live music by the Bergeson family at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., with free cookies, coffee and donuts. (Food and ice cream will also be for sale.) If you can’t make it, enjoy these images from photographer Eric Bergeson.
Until selling the business to his brother and sister-in-law in January 2014, Eric Bergeson was the third-generation owner of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn., a business started by his grandfather in 1937. He wrote a weekly column for several newspapers in northwestern Minnesota for 15 years. He has published six books, including "Pirates on the Prairie," which the Minneapolis Tribune called "a Minnesota cultural and historical treasure," and his most recent "A Treasury of Old Souls," a collection of engaging stories about Eric's lifetime spent among a small town's aging population. Eric, who sought the DFL nomination for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 1-B in Northwestern Minnesota in 2014, graduated from Fertile-Beltrami (Minn.) High School in 1982. He attended Northwestern College in Roseville, Minn., and received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Dakota in 1986. After completing a bachelor of science in social studies at Moorhead State University in 1988, he returned to UND, where he earned a master's degree in history. During college, Eric studied at Cambridge University in England, student taught in Wellington, New Zealand and studied in Warsaw, Poland. Over the years, Eric has been a frequent speaker and performer in northwestern Minnesota. When needed, Eric has taught American history courses at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Eric recently finished a served five years as chairman of the board of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. He is acting chairman of the Fertile-Beltrami Community Fund. In 2011, Eric was awarded a prestigious two-year Bush Fellowship to study eldercare. He lives in Fertile with his partner, Lance Thorn. View all posts by Eric Bergeson