Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Sisters’ Camelot and Minnesota Green

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. “We want to feed hungry people in our community,” says Andy Lapham, community garden director with Sisters’ Camelot, a community-supported food share with community gardens. Volunteers collect donated organic produce that would otherwise be thrown out and distribute it in low-income neighborhoods…

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New Northern Gardener Book Published!

We have some exciting news, both for me (Mary, your faithful editor and blogger) and for the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. This week The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, 150 Years of Garden Wisdom will be published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. This book covers the A-to-Z of gardening in the North, much…

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Cool Plants for Cold Climates—Book Review

This book review first appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Facing another Minnesota winter, it’s comforting to know that it could be worse. We could be gardening in Alaska, right? But Brenda Adams’ delightful new book, Cool Plants for Cold Climates, A Garden Designer’s Perspective (University of Alaska Press, 2017) makes gardening…

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Holiday Northern Gardener Available Now

If you don’t subscribe to Northern Gardener, be sure to check your local book store, garden center or Lund’s & Byerly’s store to pick up a copy of our November/December 2017 issue. This issue is filled with great garden information for the holiday season and beyond. That beautiful cover image is from photographer Tracy Walsh,…

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Rochester Garden & Flower Club Honored

Big congratulations to the 150 members of the Rochester Garden & Flower Club! The club, a long-time affiliate of MSHS, was honored Oct. 17 at the Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust’s fifth annual Fete: A Celebration of Excellence in the Arts. The Rochester Garden & Flower Club was named one of the top three groups…

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Plant Profile: Pumpkins and Squash

With Halloween just around the corner and pumpkin spice invading the culinary scene again, it’s time to salute the Cucurbits—that family of plants that includes pumpkins and squash. It’s a large family, with more than 900 members including winter and summer squash of all types, gourds as well as cucumbers and melons. We’re focusing on…

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Spirit of Stone Book Review

As the leaves fall, the structure of a garden emerges again. Elements such as walks, walls, seating and decorative pieces stand out as plants move into their quieter winter mode. In our formerly glacial landscape, stone is one of the best materials for creating these garden structures. Designer Jan Johnsen’s newest book, The Spirit of…

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MSHS Awards Honor Minnesota’s Giving Gardeners

Each year, MSHS honors gardeners and garden groups who give back to their communities in notable ways. Full stories about each of the winners are included in the November/December 2017 issue of Northern Gardener, which is being delivered to subscribers this week, and will be on newsstands about Nov. 1. Last Saturday, MSHS awards were…

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Fall Decor Ideas

It’s been a warm autumn, but with frost having hit most of the state and leaves turning (and falling!) rapidly, we cannot deny that fall is upon us. It’s not too late to bring on the pumpkins, mums and ornamental cabbage! There are many delightful ideas for fall decor and some of them are very…

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Growing Together with Chisago County Master Gardeners

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. In fall 2015, Sue Humble, the program coordinator for the Chisago County Master Gardener program, discovered that North Branch had a community garden. After doing some reconnaissance, she found out the garden was “a water tank in the middle of a field.” “Without…

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