As we are all hunkering down during the current COVID-19 outbreak, I started thinking about what gardeners did during past crisis. Of course, they planted more gardens. A few years ago, while researching my book The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, I came across a wonderful pamphlet from the University of Minnesota called Let’s…

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It looks like we are all facing a few weeks  of restricted social activity due to the COVID-19 virus. We’ve seen several memes around social media saying “Your Garden is NOT Closed,” or something similar, and that is sure true. During this forced period of home-time, here are a few things for a gardener to…

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Lettuce alert you to the newest issue of Northern Gardener—the one filled with spring enthusiasm and rows and rows of greens on the cover. The March/April 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is in subscribers’ hands by now and should be on newsstands, too. The magazine is carried at most Barnes and Noble stores in Minnesota,…

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Search for “pollinator” in the books section of Amazon.com, and about 750 titles pop up,  most of them written in the past decade as pollinator decline and concern about it has risen. Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial, explains the need to plant for pollinators in the context of victory gardens in her new book The…

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There is nothing like a plant-filled glass-house to get you through a cold Minnesota winter, and we northern gardeners will soon have a new place to get our fix of humidity and plants. The University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences is opening a new conservatory this spring, which will house displays and a collection…

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Summer bulbs are the show-offs of the garden. They’re big, they’re bright, they’re colorful, some are even a little bit loud—and that’s what we love about them! Each year, MSHS sells summer bulbs during the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which begins in two weeks. We’re often asked whether people can really buy their bulbs…

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Aw, the Minnesota State Fair. It’s been a long time since the fair, where we unveiled our popular “Garden to Glass” display, which included four wonderful recipes for drinks you can make with garden-grown produce and herbs. The garden is under snow now, but if you have some homegrown or store-bought strawberries in the freezer,…

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It’s officially a trend: Many gardeners are looking for ways to incorporate more native plants in their yards and landscapes to benefit bees, butterflies, insects and wildlife. This year, the MSHS Garden Gala will focus on garden-worthy native plants and how to use them in your garden to create beauty and habitat. The gala is…

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This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Latino communities in the Twin Cities had not traditionally received services from the Hennepin County Master Gardener program. That’s precisely why Terry Straub and six other master gardeners reached out to Centro Tyrone Guzman, the oldest and largest multi-service Latin nonprofit in Minneapolis.…

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