Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Plant Profile: Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisies are one of those flowers that just say, “Summer.” With their white and gold ray flowers, standing upright above green foliage, they are a plant many gardeners love. They are a heritage plant, too, having been introduced in 1901 by famed plant breeder Luther Burbank. Burbank introduced more than 800 hybrid plants in…

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June Blooms, 2018: What’s Blooming Now?

Despite our late start this spring, many ornamental plants seem to be on schedule and the show of June blooms (peonies, irises, etc.) was spectacular. What’s blooming now? I took a walk around the neighborhood this morning to see what was blooming in the middle of June. Here’s what I saw:     Tucked amid…

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Children’s Garden in Ramsey County

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. “The goal of theĀ Children’s Garden in Residence at St. Paul City School is to bring elementary school kids a hands-on curriculum based on gardening,” says Jamie Aussendorf, the Ramsey County Master Gardener administrator of the program. She’s joined by three…

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Plant Profile: Lavender

If you’ve ever seen photos of lavender fields in Oregon or other much more temperate climates that ours, you know how delightful this perennial herb can look. With its deep purple flowers and scented foliage, lavender is a dream plant for many northern gardeners. Now, that’s not to say, it cannot be grown in the…

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Newport on the Move Community Garden

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. Last year, the Newport on the Move Community Garden had to, well, move when the city wanted to re-purpose the land. The city helped find a new site at Fourth Avenue and 15th Street. “We chose that site because it…

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Growing UP! Try Vertical Gardening to Expand Your Space

Having recently purchased an older home in an urban neighborhood, I’m learning all about the value of growing up — not out. With tight space and lots of walls on the house, the detached garage, the fence between properties, it makes sense to grow plants vertically. Fortunately, there are lots of vertical gardening options, both…

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Plant Profile: Rhubarb

When the weather starts warming up and the gardens begin to green up, it’s time to harvest rhubarb. One of the few vegetable garden perennials in the North, rhubarb is used as a fruit by most gardeners. The flavor is tart, tart, tart but because it comes so early in the year, it’s beloved by…

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It’s a HUGE weekend for plant sales!

There were a ton of great plant sales last weekend, but this weekend may be the biggest. These plant sales are run by garden clubs, Master Gardener groups and community organization. They’re a great place to fill a hole in your garden and meet fellow plant lovers. Here’s a partial list of some of the…

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For the Love of Affinis: MSHS and U Bee Squad Join Forces

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad and MSHS are joining forces to bring you a full day of programming centered on supporting endangered pollinators. The event will be held Saturday, June 23, at the Cargill Building on the St. Paul campus of the…

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