Member Spotlight: Gardening Tradition

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. “I know that my mom had a hand in all of this,” says new MSHS member Amy Trossen. “Some of my earliest memories are in the garden.” Amy grew up on a 3-acre property in Brooklyn Park, along with her nine brothers and…

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6 Tips for Great Garden Photos

Will you be entering the Great Gardening Contest 2021? MSHS started this garden photography contest in 2020 when the pandemic forced cancellation of the Minnesota State Fair and our annual potted plant show. The in-person plant show is back, but we loved seeing your garden photos and are continuing the Great Gardening Contest this year!…

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Marking One Year with MSHS

By Rick Juliusson, executive director It’s been exactly one year since I started at MSHS as the new executive director. Starting a new job at the height of the pandemic was interesting—instead of meeting the team with homemade cupcakes at the office, I was treated on Day One to a 2-hour online meeting with the…

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Garden Gathering Returns

After a year break due to the pandemic, MSHS donors and supporters visited the garden of Steve and Pauline Danielson for the annual Garden Gathering. The Danielson’s Maplewood garden is featured in the July/August 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. The Danielsons started the garden on a completely empty lot nearly 25 years ago. Talking to…

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Vegetables to Plant for a Fall Harvest

While northern gardeners typically think of March, April and May as the time for planting, July and August are also a great times to plant vegetables for a fall harvest. Many vegetables grow quickly enough that you can replant them for a succession planting or replace them with some quick growing plants. What can you…

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Growing Perennials in Containers

Growing perennials in containers makes sense for northern gardeners for a lot of reasons. Sometimes you have a plant you want to add to the garden, but aren’t sure exactly where it should go. Other times, you may know where you want the plant to be placed but because of heat (about which we know…

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New Places to Find Northern Gardener

While it’s easiest to get each issue of Northern Gardener by subscribing or joining the hort society, you can pick up the magazine at many newsstands. In the past few months, we’ve vastly expanded the number of newsstands that carry the magazine. In addition to many local nurseries and garden centers, Barnes and Noble stores…

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Master Gardener Project at Amborella House

The Amborella House, which opened its doors to victims of sex trafficking in October, underwent a landscaping makeover with support from the Chisago County Master Gardeners. With the help of two others, Master Gardener Leslie Scharafanow designed and landscaped about 4,550 square feet of the property, adding two perennial gardens, a mulched seating area, firepit…

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Book Review: The Perennial Kitchen

Local author Beth Dooley’s latest cookbook, The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Healthy Future (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), is a celebration of all things local and sustainable: from food grown by local farmers and ranchers to your home garden. The book focuses on how to use these ingredients to create healthy and delicious…

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What to Do About Scorched Plants

Like many gardeners in Minnesota, I’ve been discovering crispy, browning leaves on my plants—the new hydrangeas I’m testing, winterberries that have been in the ground for years, green beans. Are these scorched plants due to the heatwave we’ve had in June? Or are they symptoms of disease? And, what should a gardener do about them?…

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