Dawn Pape

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PO Box 74 55014

Award-winning author, engaging speaker, licensed teacher, puppeteer, mother of two boys, and self-proclaimed "Lawn Chair Gardener," Dawn inspires audiences to change the world one yard at a time. Her passion, commitment and experience are remarkable.

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Year-Round Gardens in Zone 4


Dawn Pape is a natural in front of audiences--large or small, young or old. Her experience as a classroom teacher and doing public outreach and education shows as she delivers funny and polished talks. Not only are Pape's talks informative, they are timely. The issues Pape tackles need to be discussed. She has a knack for getting to the heart of environmental matters and delivering tough to swallow information in an upbeat and motivating way.


"The messages Pape delivers make so much sense. (I can't believe I never thought of these things before.) My take home message is that we can have lush and lovely yards AND make the world a better place."-Kevin P, Mpls Home & Garden Show 2014


"I really enjoyed your talk. I've seen you speak a number of times, but I always learn new things! You are such an amazing photographer too." Sandy V, Minnesota State Fair, 2014


Talk Titles:

Goodbye Ornamentals. Hello Functional Yards!

Native Bee Keeping

Mason Meets a Mason Bee Puppet Show!

Connecting Kids to Nature and Their Food - Jr. Master Gardening

Tips from a Lawn Chair Gardener

Year-Round Gardening – Yes, Even in Cold Climates!

Leadership in the Gardening World – Attracting and Keeping Members Engaged and Active

Gardening with the Future in Mind – Treading Lightly in Your Garden

Native Plants and Attracting Beneficial Pollinators

Raingardens – Planting for Clean Water

Shoreline plantings – Planting for Clean Water


Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota

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Audience Reviews

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Great presentation!

Jeorgette Knoll from Andover - 02/23/2018 14:30:08

Dawn is a remarkable presenter! Easily connects with the audience. She was extremely well prepared, informative and holistic in her approach. Her topic is obviously a very personal passion. I would definitely as her to present again.

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A fun and educational presentation

Carolyn Beach from Robbinsdale - 11/22/2017 18:28:03

Dawn is the kind of speaker you hope for when you book a presentation. Well prepared (and brings her own equipment) and she presents her material in an informal, lively manner. So she keeps your attention but you also learn a lot from her. Good power point visuals too. Our garden club really enjoyed her "Lawn Chair Gardening" talk!

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judy koniecki from Crystal MN - 11/20/2017 10:27:15

this presentation by dawn was one of the best for this year's diggers garden club. Very insightful and helpful to all gardeners. Great speaker; presentation on environmental subjects was outstanding.