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About Eric

Eric Bergeson has been involved in the nursery business all of his life. He owned Bergeson Nursery, a business started by his grandfather Melvin in 1936, for seventeen years. He has spoken to hundreds of groups about gardening, and was host of cable television’s Little Garden on the Prairie.

Eric Bergeson was raised on the grounds of Bergeson Nursery, a business his grandfather Melvin started in 1936. 

He attended Fertile-Beltrami public schools, and graduated with bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in history from the University of North Dakota. 

During college, he studied in Cambridge, England; Wellington, New Zealand; and Warsaw, Poland. 

Eric purchased Bergeson Nursery from his parents Paul and Glenda Bergeson in 1997. 

For fifteen years, Eric wrote a weekly column for 22 area newspapers. 

Eric has published seven books. His fourth book, Pirates on the Prairie, was named a “Minnesota historic and cultural treasure” by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Eric hosted cable television’s Little Garden on the Prairie for its inaugural season’s thirteen episodes. Re-runs continued for several years. 

During his years owning the nursery, Eric spoke to hundreds of groups about gardening. He also started entertaining at area nursing homes.

His interest in the elderly led to him being awarded the prestigious Bush Foundation Fellowship in 2011. His project was to help bring an assisted living facility to his hometown of Fertile. The 19-unit building opened in 2014 and is now full. 

The Bush Fellowship also allowed him to return to New Zealand to study their eldercare system, and to complete his book about his experiences with the elderly friends he has gained over the years, A Treasury of Old Souls.

In 2014, Eric sold the nursery to his brother Joe and wife Kae. He continues to speak and write, publishing Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie in the spring of 2017. 

Eric and his partner Lance Thorn split their time between Fertile, MN and Tucson, AZ. 


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Books by Eric

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Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie

Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie is an an easy-to-read, common-sense manual for gardeners on the plains of Western Minnesota, Eastern South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana.

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A Treasury of Old Souls

A Treasury of Old Souls is a collection of engaging stories about Eric Bergeson's lifetime spent amongst a small town's aging population. Even as a young child, Eric found himself in friendships with people in their golden years. In mid-life, he realized that his own perspective on life, death and relationships had been powerfully shaped by these unique friendships.

Poignant, funny, yet gently instructional, Treasury is masterfully told in Eric's signature entertaining style as he traces the growth of his love and understanding of the elderly from his first day of kindergarten to recent adventures with his centenarian great aunt Olive.

Treasury is Eric Bergeson's sixth book.

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Back on the Farm

Back on the Farm is a collection of bittersweet stories about small-town life, characters who shaped the author’s life, disappearing country churches, childhood memories, the misadventures of building a house next to a swamp, as well as some whacky self-help tips. 

“No one better conveys the rural experience than this guy—and living in a place called Boonsville, I know rural when I read it.” —Bruce Anderson, publisher, Anderson Valley Advertiser, Boonsville, CA

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Off the Farm

Off the Farm is a book of stories which focus on travel, both near and far. From Europe, to Arizona, to the skies over Greenland, Eric describes the world seen through his peculiar lens. In then end, he comes home to pancakes and scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. 

“If you enjoyed the wit and wisdom of Bergeson’s previous books, these tales of Eric’s adventures are sure to delight.” —Ross Pfund, publisher, Norman County Index, Ada, MN

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