Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Growing Together: Pineridge Garden Club

This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. When 12 gardeners from the Pineridge development in the village of Cottage Grove formed a garden club in 1969, they were careful about the name, says Linda Johnston, club president. The area was growing and they wanted to welcome gardeners from Newport, St. Paul…

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City Garden, Country Garden: New Northern Gardener

Did you ever read the children’s book about the city mouse and the country mouse? I loved reading it to my kids when they were young and thought about it again as I was editing the latest issue of Northern Gardener. In this fall issue, we have articles about city gardens and country gardens, and…

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Garden to Glass Bonus Recipe: Herbal Syrup

Have you had a chance to visit our Garden to Glass educational display at the Minnesota State Fair yet? We have lots of information about using herbs, vegetables and fruits in beverages: smoothies, cocktails, mocktails and more. Four special recipes were developed for us by Quincy Street Kitchen and you can get those when you…

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Garden Tools We Recommend

Some garden tools are real keepers — they fit great in your hand and perform the task you want them to perform perfectly. This year at the Minnesota State Fair, our MSHS booth includes three garden tools for sale that we recommend. Betty Ann Addison, author, lecturer, photographer and owner of the Gardens of Rice…

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Garden to Glass Bonus Recipe: Green Smoothie

If your garden is overflowing with parsley and you love a green smoothie in the morning, we have an unusual option that is full of herby, green goodness. This is one of our Minnesota State Fair bonus recipes for the Garden to Glass educational display we have at the fair. We have four special recipes…

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Garden to Glass Bonus Recipe: Melon Mocktail

“Garden to Glass” is the theme of the MSHS Minnesota State Fair educational display this year. We’ve been offering tips and four special beverage recipes developed just for us by the folks at Quincy Street Kitchen. The recipes incorporate herbs, fruits and vegetables into cocktails, mocktails and other drinks. In addition to the four recipes…

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What’s New at the Minnesota State Fair

MSHS has a new look to its display and several new features during the Minnesota State Fair. We hope you’ll visit us in the Dirt Wing of the Horticulture Building and check it out. Here’s What’s New: Garden to Glass. This year’s educational display is all about using the fruits, herbs, veggies and other good…

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Design That Says “Welcome to My Garden”

Some gardens seem to ooze the sentiment “welcome to my garden” whether through gates, entries, welcoming pots or window boxes. After seeing about 40 gardens over the past couple of months, I could not help but notice how many different ways gardeners used to say “welcome.” This post will be mostly pictures and I hope…

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Thanks, State Fair Garden Partners

This article originally appeared in the Jul/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Sometimes it takes a village to raise a garden, and thankfully, we’ve found a village of collaborators in the Adopt-a-Garden Program at the Minnesota State Fair. MSHS is indebted to our special partners who have come together to create and maintain these gardens…

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We Want to Hear Your Plant Story

Every plant has a story — some funny, some touching, some infuriating. In a recent issue of Northern Gardener, columnist Meleah Maynard wrote about her late mother-in-law’s beloved rabbit’s-foot fern and how its dry soil and wilting leaves were the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease encroaching on a lively personality. You can read a version…

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