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Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Minnesota Green and Peace Lutheran Church

This article by Becky Grefthen originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Since 2016, Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids has been a member of the MSHS Minnesota Green program. This has enabled the church’s garden committee to improve and add new plant material to the perennial beds located throughout the 3-plus…

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Plant Profile: Northern Pin Oak

Douglas Tallamy, the scientist who wrote the best-seller Bringing Nature Home, says that if you want to plant a tree for pollinators, birds and other wildlife, plant an oak, particularly a native oak. Oaks support more than 500 types of pollinators by providing shelter, food and habitat. They also bring in birds galore. The northern…

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Spotlight on Heirloom Circle Gift from Marian Rohde

This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Marian Rohde gardened in the north Minneapolis home she grew up in until she was 93 years old. “She was very down to earth and attuned to the seasons,” says her longtime care companion, Wendy Ivins. “I once came home…

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Celebrate the Holidays with MSHS

Wasn’t Halloween just last week? I guess it was, but it’s not too early to plan your holiday decor and gift giving with some help from MSHS. This year, we’re hosting several events that will get you excited about the upcoming holidays, including two this week. On Thursday, we’re sponsoring a Make & Take Evergreen…

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Holiday Northern Gardener on Newsstands Now

The November/December issue of Northern Gardener will be on newsstands Nov. 1, and its filled with solid information and holiday cheer. The cover photo by Gail Brown Hudson reminds me of tinsel, even though its a picture of an astilbe from the Minneapolis garden of Tom Hoch and Mark Addicks. This lakeside gem of a…

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Here’s Your To-Do List of November Garden Chores

By the time we hit November, many gardeners are ready to throw in the trowel—or at least, clean it up and put it away. November is the last chance to get any garden chores you’ve been putting off done before the first permanent snow and the long winter. Here are some things you could get…

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2019 Was a Great Season for Garden-in-a-Box

This article by Maria Brosofske appears in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. In 2019, the MSHS Garden-in-a-Box (GIAB) program distributed a whopping 545 gardening kits throughout Minnesota! MSHS worked with more than 75 participating groups: 58 percent of these groups were located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, 24 percent were based in…

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Spotlight: Koehler & Dramm

This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. MSHS and Koehler and Dramm’s Institute of Floristry value their shared history of inspiring beautiful creations with plants. So, when MSHS was looking for a sponsor for the popular Make and Take class series in 2019, Koehler and Dramm was the…

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Healing with Gardens at Merritt House

In Virginia, Minnesota, is a place of healing known as Merritt House. A part of Range Mental Health Center, it offers intensive residential treatment to those who need a more restrictive living situation. The program at Merritt House is designed to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency and skills to live…

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