Plant Profile: Little Bluestem

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association chooses a “plant of the year.” It’s a great way to highlight plants that consistently grow well in gardens all over North America. (Amsonia is one of our favorites from the past.) This year’s plant of year is a beautiful native grass,  little bluestem. This native of the prairie…

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150 Tips: 5 Houseplant Care Ideas from the Past (That Still Work)

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society was founded by people who wanted to grow apples and other fruits in a northern climate. But from its earliest days of publishing gardening tips, the society had broad interests—including in houseplant care. Here’s how plant lovers of more than 100 years ago would have cared for their indoor plants.…

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MN SEED Finishes First Year Strong

Collecting, processing and sharing seeds—that’s how 485 people spent much of summer 2021 as part of our newest program, the MN SEED project. We got started in spring and didn’t wrap until late fall, and participants loved the experience. “I loved seeing and experiencing mature plants in their natural state. I loved experiencing this joy…

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Celebrating 150 Years of Publishing Garden Information

The January/February 2022 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s a special one for several reasons. First, we are marking 150 years of publishing garden information for the North! Sharing Plant Knowledge It was in 1873 that the young Minnesota State Horticultural Society published the transactions from its meetings—sharing information with a…

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Best Garden Tips from 2021 Northern Gardener

Each issue of Northern Gardener is packed with tips for those of us who grow food and flowers in the North. It’s hard to pick our favorite tips of each year, but here are 18 that we really like. Growing Food 1. Writer Meg Cowden recommends espalier for growing apples and other tree fruits in…

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Plant Profile: Jade Plant

One of the easiest houseplants to grow, jade plant (Crassula ovata) is native to provinces on the eastern side of South Africa and in Mozambique. In its native habitat, jade plant can grow more than 7 feet tall with a woody trunk, lush, green succulent leaves and pinkish blooms. Jade plant (center) with other succulents…

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Member Spotlight: A Giving Gardener

“Gardening has been part of my life since my grandmother had my sisters and I weeding in the heat and humidity on her farm among rows of green beans, carrots, cabbage and peppers that seemed miles long,” says Annette Roth, a Society level member of MSHS. “In summer, she would talk about how good the…

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Used Gardening Books? Give the Gift of Knowledge

Each year, Minnesota landscaping professionals, including many horticulture students, attend the Northern Green Expo, put on by our friends at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. This year, the hort society is planning to sell used gardening books at the expo. Sold at very reasonable prices, the books will help students and professionals build their…

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Network Supports School Gardens

As there is a growing push to include more local and fresh fruits and vegetables in school lunches, school gardens have become much more common, including here in Minnesota and through the hort society’s Garden-in-a-Box program. However, schools struggle to secure funding and interest to keep gardens growing. The School Garden Support Organization Network (SGSO)…

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Book Review: Wasps

Minnesota author Heather Holm has long been a go-to source for science-based information on pollinators. Her latest book explores the world of wasps, and it’s a fascinating and thorough look at this often under-appreciated group of pollinators. In Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants (Pollination Press, 2021),…

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