Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

2019 All-America Selections: Tested Garden Favorites

Each November, January and July, All-America Selections, a nonprofit organization that tests new plants for home gardeners, announces its winning plants from the previous season. The plants are all new to the market and all of them have undergone extensive testing in trial gardens around the country. (One of those gardens is in Morris, Minnesota,…

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Winter Flower Show at Como Conservatory

Even though it’s felt like we live in Seattle the past — oh, maybe — four months, it is still January in Minnesota. That means short days, cold temps and a chance to escape at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park. I love, love, love the conservatory, especially in January. The air is moist,…

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Using Living Coral in the Garden

Each year Pantone names its Color of the Year. Pantone produces a line of color-matching products that are invaluable to graphic designers and others who have to get colors just right. In the recent past, the Color of the Year has included Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Greenery and Tangerine Tango. This year’s color is called Living Coral…

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Gardens at the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota

This article by Brenda Harivieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. The Episcopal Homes of Minnesota in St. Paul has a long history of caring for older adults and offers several care levels and services. With a large campus in the city, gardens are important to the residents. “There’s no green…

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A Garden Trend We Love

It’s that time of year when garden prognosticators are laying out the trends they see on the horizon. The garden trend list from Garden Design, a magazine website for high end gardeners, seems on-track with the trends we see in northern gardens here. Things like finding ways to keep landscapes lower maintenance, incorporating food-growing in…

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January/February Northern Gardener on Newsstands

The January/February issue of Northern Gardener will be on newsstands tomorrow and it’s full of stories and photos to warm the coldest, sub-zero night of the winter. Just look at that gorgeous photo of a ‘Rosa de la Noche’ waterlily on the cover. Thank you, Soni Forsman, for sharing that beautiful shot with Northern Gardener…

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Book Review: The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables

It was encircled by huge old willows and tall firs, beneath which flourished flowers that loved the shade. Prim, right-angled paths, neatly bordered with clam-shells, intersected it like moist red ribbons and in the beds between old-fashioned flowers ran riot. In her new book, The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables (Timber Press, 2018) Catherine…

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Last Minute Gifts for Northern Gardeners

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The countdown to Christmas is approaching fast, and if you still need to buy a gift for your favorite northern gardener, don’t worry. We’ve got several easy, fun ideas for last minute gifts for the gardeners in your life. An MSHS membership! Some folks like experiences rather than things, and for those gardeners…

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Happy Poinsettia Day! (Care Tips Included)

Today (December 12) is Poinsettia Day! Who knew this favorite holiday plant even had a day of its own. But, today is the anniversary of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist (among many other things), who took a cutting of Euphorbia pulcherrima and eventually…

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Hennepin County Horticultural Society Community Gardeners

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. It’s one of a series of articles about community gardens assisted by the Minnesota Green program of MSHS. The Hennepin County Horticultural Society (HCHS) has tended several gardens at the Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale for four years.…

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