Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Book Review: Vertical Vegetables

Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space (Cool Springs Press, 2018) by Twin Cities-based garden blogger Amy Andrychowicz describes a variety of easy projects for gardeners who have limited space but want to grow lots of vegetables and flowers. Andrychowicz is the proprietor of GetBusyGardening.com, a very successful website for beginning…

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Diagnose Plant Problems with Anoka County Master Gardeners

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Master gardeners in Anoka County offer plant and insect diagnostic clinics at the Bunker Hills Activities Center in Andover. On Wednesday evenings, June through August, they answer common horticulture questions and assess samples for community members, who need help identifying…

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Get Excited for Spring with Northern Gardener

Our March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands today, and there is a lot in it to get gardeners excited for spring. First, this is a really pretty issue of the magazine, from Susy Morris’s cover photo of tulips in a container to Tracy Walsh’s photos of a young flower farmer and her…

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More Garden Talks to Inspire You

We’ll be back at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show again this weekend. We hope you’ll visit our booth on the show floor of the Minneapolis Convention Center and stop by to hear some of the great speakers on the garden stage. These garden talks are informative and given by real experts in their areas.…

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Spotlight: Garden in a Box in Chisago County

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. After interviewing Sue Humble, the Chisago County Master Gardener program coordinator, in 2017 about their community garden in North Branch, I learned that they do garden programming for children, too, and suggested they check out MSHS’ Garden-in-a-Box program. They joined…

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Get Inspired at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show opens this weekend and once again we’ll be there selling bulbs, plants, garden books and more. We’re also hosting the Garden Stage, where you can hear a variety of speakers on garden topics. What a great way to get inspired for the garden season ahead! The Minneapolis show runs…

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Grasses and Butterflies: A New E-Book Explains Connections

While many gardeners plant coneflowers, milkweed, black-eyed Susans and other blooming plants to help butterflies, ornamental grasses are also vital to the eco-system of these important creatures. A new, free e-book by Prof. Mary H. Meyer and Diane Narem describes the best ornamental grasses for cold climates AND which ones are most used by butterflies.…

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The Joy of a Secluded Garden

Gardeners have long known the value of a good fence or hedge. Putting a barrier between your garden and the outside world creates calm and a place where you can socialize with friends or just settle in with a good book. It also creates a distinct perimeter to design within and a cozy sense of…

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Big Change at St. Paul Home and Landscape Show

The St. Paul Home and Landscape Show (formerly called the Minnesota Home and Patio Show) is changing this year, but MSHS will be there with a variety of bulbs, plants, books, garden decor and educational opportunities. Those who are MSHS members receive free admission to the show, which will be held Feb. 15-17,  as part…

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Growing Together: Bemidji Garden Club

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. Like other garden clubs, the Bemidji Garden Club has regular meetings, community plantings they tend, a spring plant sale and tours to exceptional gardens, but what stands out is the members’ commitment to the environment and local food.   At the…

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