Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Welcome to the New MSHS Executive Director!

MSHS has hired Gretchen Ambrosier as its new executive director. She replaces CEO Rose Eggert, who retired in August, but will continue to assist MSHS during the transition. Gretchen is a 1998 graduate of the University of Minnesota and a 2003 graduate of St. Mary’s University. She is an avid Golden Gopher and has spent…

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Tips from Tours: Add Water and Sound

Last of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Paths Make the Garden Exciting

Fourth of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Take a Seat in the Front Yard

Third of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Orange Annuals Add Oomph!

Second of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Use Containers as Art

First of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Thank you, Rose!

Rose Eggert, long time CEO of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society, will be retiring this summer. This profile of Rose originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. Rose Eggert grew up in the garden. As a child in Willow River in northern Minnesota, she walked down the hill everyday to her grandparents’…

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Bring Your Instagram-Worthy Potted Plants to the Fair!

You’ve seen them on Instagram: fabulous topiary or kokedama, lush patio pots, succulents or houseplants on steroids. Maybe you’re a container gardener with potted plants that should be on Instagram? (Or already are!) For a real-life plant experience, consider entering your favorites in the MSHS State Fair Potted Plant Show, which runs the first two…

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New Northern Gardener Celebrates Summer

The July/August 2018 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands with a new look for its cover and great garden information inside. We’ve changed the typeface and overall look of the cover to show off the garden photography that is inside the magazine. This month’s cover features a deep purple, almost black daylily called ‘Sir…

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How to Get the Most from a Garden Tour

July is the big month for garden tours, and Minnesota is blessed to have dozens of them every year. Because I edit Northern Gardener, I attend between 10 and 12 tours every summer. All those days spent walking around other people’s gardens has given me some insight into how to get the most from a garden tour.…

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