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Hot Off the Press: Creating Sanctuary

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 19, 2019

This review originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. In Creating Sanctuary (Timber Press, 2018), author Jessi Bloom interweaves gardening practices with those of meditation, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic medicine. Readers familiar with organic and sustainable gardening philosophies will find many common techniques in Bloom’s work. As the book’s subtitle—Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine,…

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Japanese Garden, Summer Bulbs, Shed DIY in New Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 30, 2019

The July/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now and includes articles on a fabulous Japanese garden in St. Paul as well as recommendations of summer bulbs to plant and step-by-step instructions on how to build a shed of your own. It’s a fun issue and we hope you will love it. I…

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On the Lookout for Japanese Beetles

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 27, 2019

It’s that time of year where every trip to the garden involves an inspection for Japanese beetles. Are they here yet? So far, in my garden in St. Paul, the answer is no, not yet. Japanese beetles typically appear in Minnesota in late June or early July. They live for 6 to 8 weeks, creating…

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An Insider’s Look at Trends in Gardening

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 20, 2019

We’re so excited to be teaming with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on a program called “Trending Horticulture: Advancing the Art and Science of Gardening,” which will be held July 18 at the arboretum. This event is geared toward slightly more experienced gardeners and gardening enthusiasts who want to go deeper into topics and ideas and…

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Plant Profile: Penstemon

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 10, 2019

June is the month of flowers, with favorites like roses, irises and peonies in bloom. But one of my favorite June flowers is Penstemon, sometimes referred to as beardtongue because of the fuzzy growths inside the plants bloom. Penstemon is a group of plants that includes more than 250 species and most of them are…

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Hot Off the Press: Creating Sanctuary

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

This review originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. In Creating Sanctuary (Timber Press, 2018), author Jessi Bloom interweaves gardening practices with those of meditation, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic medicine. Readers familiar with organic and sustainable gardening philosophies will find many common techniques in Bloom’s work. As the book’s subtitle—Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine,…

Read More

Japanese Garden, Summer Bulbs, Shed DIY in New Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The July/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now and includes articles on a fabulous Japanese garden in St. Paul as well as recommendations of summer bulbs to plant and step-by-step instructions on how to build a shed of your own. It’s a fun issue and we hope you will love it. I…

Read More

On the Lookout for Japanese Beetles

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 27, 2019 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year where every trip to the garden involves an inspection for Japanese beetles. Are they here yet? So far, in my garden in St. Paul, the answer is no, not yet. Japanese beetles typically appear in Minnesota in late June or early July. They live for 6 to 8 weeks, creating…

Read More

An Insider’s Look at Trends in Gardening

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

We’re so excited to be teaming with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on a program called “Trending Horticulture: Advancing the Art and Science of Gardening,” which will be held July 18 at the arboretum. This event is geared toward slightly more experienced gardeners and gardening enthusiasts who want to go deeper into topics and ideas and…

Read More

Plant Profile: Penstemon

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

June is the month of flowers, with favorites like roses, irises and peonies in bloom. But one of my favorite June flowers is Penstemon, sometimes referred to as beardtongue because of the fuzzy growths inside the plants bloom. Penstemon is a group of plants that includes more than 250 species and most of them are…

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