Skip to content

Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

Holiday Northern Gardener on Newsstands Now

The November/December issue of Northern Gardener will be on newsstands Nov. 1, and its filled with solid information and holiday cheer. The cover photo by Gail Brown Hudson reminds me of tinsel, even though its a picture of an astilbe from the Minneapolis garden of Tom Hoch and Mark Addicks. This lakeside gem of a…

Read More

Here’s Your To-Do List of November Garden Chores

By the time we hit November, many gardeners are ready to throw in the trowel—or at least, clean it up and put it away. November is the last chance to get any garden chores you’ve been putting off done before the first permanent snow and the long winter. Here are some things you could get…

Read More

2019 Was a Great Season for Garden-in-a-Box

This article by Maria Brosofske appears in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. In 2019, the MSHS Garden-in-a-Box (GIAB) program distributed a whopping 545 gardening kits throughout Minnesota! MSHS worked with more than 75 participating groups: 58 percent of these groups were located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, 24 percent were based in…

Read More

Spotlight: Koehler & Dramm

This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. MSHS and Koehler and Dramm’s Institute of Floristry value their shared history of inspiring beautiful creations with plants. So, when MSHS was looking for a sponsor for the popular Make and Take class series in 2019, Koehler and Dramm was the…

Read More

Healing with Gardens at Merritt House

In Virginia, Minnesota, is a place of healing known as Merritt House. A part of Range Mental Health Center, it offers intensive residential treatment to those who need a more restrictive living situation. The program at Merritt House is designed to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency and skills to live…

Read More

Plant Profile: Ginkgo Tree

There’s been a lot of conversation recently about the most resilient trees to plant in the North to endure climate change. One that is always on the list is the Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba ), which is a tough urban tree that can handle salt, has the right height and shape to be a boulevard…

Read More

Help Us Harvest a Challenge Grant

This October, a longtime supporter and member of MSHS has challenged us to raise up to $5,000 to support the society and its work connecting young people to gardening and food security. Your donations, which will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 in this challenge grant, drive valuable MSHS programs that bring plants,…

Read More

Your Garden Can Be Wild and Neat

Claudia West might be considered a garden revolutionary. With co-author Thomas Rainier, West argues in Planting in a Post Wild World (Timber Press, 2015) that trying to re-create nature precisely in our backyards is a futile endeavor. Instead gardeners who also care about the environment should design gardens filled with plant communities that enhance each…

Read More

Book Review: Emma Bee

During the Minnesota State Fair, Duluth author Pamela Fish Carlson visited our booth and signed copies of her new children’s book, Emma Bee (Beaver Pond Press, 2019). Pam and her book were a big hit with fairgoers, especially those with children in their lives. Emma Bee is the story of a young honeybee, heading out…

Read More

SLP Seeds Plants Seeds for Urban Farming

This article by Maria Brosofske originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. SLP Seeds founder Julie Rappaport began planting the seeds for educational urban farming and community food equity in St. Louis Park more than seven years ago. As part of its mission, SLP Seeds manages eight community gardening sites including gardens at…

Read More