Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Garden TV for Prairie Gardeners

Minnesota gardeners are a fortunate lot. In addition to our own Northern Gardener magazine, which offers zone-specific gardening information, we also have a couple of TV shows that provide garden information and insight just for the North. Many of us are familiar with Grow with KARE, featuring Bobby Jensen and Belinda Jensen, which runs each…

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Book Review: Succulents

Succulents have been having a vogue for the past several years, as everything from bridal bouquets to interior walls have been covered with these water-wise, geometric plants. Succulents include all plants that have a fleshy appearance and conserve water, including such northern favorites as hens-and-chicks and sedum. But many of us think of succulents as…

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Take Your Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

We’re heading back into the deep freeze here in Minnesota, which is the best time I know of to visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. The Como conservatory is a popular destination for northerners seeking a break from the cold, dry air that we experience this time of year. The…

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Plan Your 2018 Garden with Northern Gardener

The January/February issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now and it’s filled with advice and inspiration for your 2018 garden. The cover story is a profile of Diane Gustus’s glowing suburban garden, which is filled with colorful perennials, written and photographed by Gail Brown Hudson. One of Diane’s best tips: Don’t crowd perennials. She…

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Best Garden Advice from Our Facebook Fans

Last week, we sponsored a giveaway of the new book, The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, on our Facebook fan page. To be entered in the drawing, we asked our fans to tell us the best garden advice they had received from their favorite garden mentor, whether a grandparent, parent, friend or neighbor. Nearly…

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All-America Selections for 2018

Each year, new plants are tested at almost 200 public and university gardens around the country to help choose plants that will be labeled All-America Selections winners. These plants are considered stalwart performers either all over the United States or for a specific region, and generally an AAS label means the plant is going to…

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Gift Ideas: Garden Book Division

Yesterday, we listed some garden gift ideas from our November/December issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Today, I wanted to suggest some options you might consider for your favorite gardeners who enjoy a garden book from time to time. We’ve written a few times about my new book of garden wisdom, based on the files of…

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Garden Gift Ideas for 2017

Each year, Northern Gardener pulls together some ideas for gifts for gardeners. These garden gifts are the kinds of things we’d like to find under our tree this holiday season. This year, each garden gift we chose appealed to the senses and was sensibly priced. While we cannot list them all (you can find that…

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Holiday Fun at MSHS!

The garden is put to bed, but we’ve got some garden-themed holiday fun planned. We hope you’ll join us for at least one of these MSHS events! MSHS Holiday Open House, Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., MSHS, 2705 Lincoln Dr., Roseville. We’re opening our doors on a Saturday to help gardeners with…

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Garden Gratitude

The November/December issue of Northern Gardener included a lovely essay by Laura Schwarz on the month of November and garden gratitude. Here are some excerpts to ponder this Thanksgiving Day. The November gardening lull gives us time for gratitude. Before our fingernails fully return to their original state of cleanliness, let’s walk around our gardens…

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