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Summer Northern Gardener Features New Look

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 1, 2020 |

The July/August 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is out now, and it includes some great summer reading as well as a new look and content in the MSHS News section. The very summery zinnia photo on the cover was taken by Tracy Walsh at the gardens of Mary Shannon in Richfield. Mary moved to the…

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Plant Profile: Little Bluestem

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 26, 2020 |

Ornamental grasses of all kinds look at home in northern gardens. Their swaying seed heads in late summer remind us of the prairie past of much of Minnesota and the Dakotas. While I like many ornamental grasses, my latest favorite is little bluestem. Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is a native plant with a range that…

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Vegetables You Can Plant Now

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 25, 2020 |

As the first part of the vegetable garden season winds down, harvest holes may start appearing in your garden. These are the spots where you pulled a beautiful head of lettuce or where the peas have finished up and there’s a space open. How do you fill those holes? Which vegetables can you plant now?…

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The Joy of a Garden Club

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 19, 2020 |

This essay by Janet Favorite originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. I am a lifelong, self-educated gardener and my internal motto has always been “create beauty wherever you go.” That motto prompted me to join Cherokee Heights Garden Club several years ago. Gardening with friends has enriched my own gardening life…

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More Sustainable Roses for Northern Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 15, 2020 |

If you’ve read our May/June issue of Northern Gardener, you may have seen the article by Randy Nelson and David Zlesak about sustainable roses for our climate. Randy and David are researchers working with the American Rose Trials for Sustainability (A.R.T.S.), a group that is testing and reporting on roses that are particularly adapted to…

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