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Happy Poinsettia Day! (Care Tips Included)

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 12, 2018

Today (December 12) is Poinsettia Day! Who knew this favorite holiday plant even had a day of its own. But, today is the anniversary of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist (among many other things), who took a cutting of Euphorbia pulcherrima and eventually…

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Hennepin County Horticultural Society Community Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 11, 2018

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. It’s one of a series of articles about community gardens assisted by the Minnesota Green program of MSHS. The Hennepin County Horticultural Society (HCHS) has tended several gardens at the Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale for four years.…

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Hot Off the Press: Potted and Pruned

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 6, 2018

This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. If you’re not interested in yet another technique for making “black gold” or killing off buckthorn but want to spend a few minutes thinking about gardening, reach for Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (Gardenvangelist Books, 2017). Carol…

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Plant Profile: Elderberry

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 4, 2018

If you are considering adding a shrub to your garden next year, think about elderberry — a native plant with unusual foliage, creamy blooms in spring, and berries that are incredibly healthful. What’s not to love ? Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a native shrub or small tree, hardy to USDA Zone 4. It produces blue-black…

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Mark Your Calendar for Spring Garden Gala Registration

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 30, 2018

The MSHS Spring Garden Gala has been the must-attend spring event for gardeners for several years now. After a bit of tweaking, we’re going back to our original format and location — and you can reserve your seat starting tomorrow–Saturday, Dec. 1. The 2019 Spring Garden Gala will be held on Thursday, April 4, at…

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Happy Poinsettia Day! (Care Tips Included)

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today (December 12) is Poinsettia Day! Who knew this favorite holiday plant even had a day of its own. But, today is the anniversary of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist (among many other things), who took a cutting of Euphorbia pulcherrima and eventually…

Read More

Hennepin County Horticultural Society Community Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. It’s one of a series of articles about community gardens assisted by the Minnesota Green program of MSHS. The Hennepin County Horticultural Society (HCHS) has tended several gardens at the Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale for four years.…

Read More

Hot Off the Press: Potted and Pruned

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. If you’re not interested in yet another technique for making “black gold” or killing off buckthorn but want to spend a few minutes thinking about gardening, reach for Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (Gardenvangelist Books, 2017). Carol…

Read More

Plant Profile: Elderberry

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are considering adding a shrub to your garden next year, think about elderberry — a native plant with unusual foliage, creamy blooms in spring, and berries that are incredibly healthful. What’s not to love ? Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a native shrub or small tree, hardy to USDA Zone 4. It produces blue-black…

Read More

Mark Your Calendar for Spring Garden Gala Registration

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The MSHS Spring Garden Gala has been the must-attend spring event for gardeners for several years now. After a bit of tweaking, we’re going back to our original format and location — and you can reserve your seat starting tomorrow–Saturday, Dec. 1. The 2019 Spring Garden Gala will be held on Thursday, April 4, at…

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