One of the most common questions we get at the hort society is “is this plant safe for dogs or cats?” Fortunately, the folks at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have a long list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and a similar list for cats. They also…

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This review originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Knowing that Summer Rayne Oakes lives in a Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment with about 1,000 plants, I expected her first gardening book to be about houseplant care. While you can learn elements of plant care from this book, How to Make a Plant Love…

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What winter-bound northern gardener doesn’t love a tree that grows indoors? That may explain the popularity of Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), an easy to care for, textural plant that can grow to indoor-tree size over several years. Many people get Norfolk Island pines as a holiday gift because they have the look of a…

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This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. MSHS is collaborating with University of Minnesota Extension again to bring gardeners the workshop Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners. This comprehensive class focuses on the landscape process from site analysis (including soil sampling) to concept plans to site-specific plant selection. Hands-on labs during…

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Ring in the new year and new decade with a new issue of Northern Gardener filled with inspiration, ideas and information to help you grow a productive, healthy and pretty garden in 2020. The cover image of a snowdrop (Galanthus) emerging from the earth in early spring by photographer and blogger Jennifer McGuinness is just…

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With each new issue of Northern Gardener, my garden knowledge increases — and I hope it does for our readers as well. This year, there were many great tips for northern gardeners in the six issues of the magazine but these 10 stood out as especially interesting whether your are a new gardener, and experienced…

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Walking in the neighborhood this week, I noticed the beautiful red berries of winterberry on several shrubs planted around the foundation of one of my favorite houses. These folks have a beautiful landscape filled with hardy and native plants that look just right in our northern climate. For winter interest and bird-feeding beauty, nothing beats…

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This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. In his new book, Mini Meadows: Create a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere Around Your Yard (Storey Publishing, 2019), Mike Lizotte uses an expansive definition of a meadow—a garden that is “loose and informal and … doesn’t take a lot…

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This column by Don Engebretson appeared in the November-December Northern Gardener. We wish Don the best in his new adventures and thank him for his enlightening and entertaining columns over the years. Gardening and writing go hand in hand. Both are peaceful pursuits that gently coax creativity from the participant. Whether beginning a new garden…

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With folks cleaning up from a blizzard in Duluth and a two-day snowstorm in parts of the rest of the state, it’s hard to imagine there are a lot of December garden chores for northern gardeners. And, while this is one of the two most relaxing months for gardeners, there are still a few things…

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