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Enter Our Great Gardening Contest!

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 15, 2020 |

We have missed seeing gardens this year through master gardener tours, garden club events and other garden joys. We also missed our Minnesota State Fair Potted Plant Show. We can’t let the year pass without seeing more gardens, so we’re hosting the Great Gardening Contest—virtually! Show Us Your Photos Entering the contest is easy! First,…

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September Garden Chore List

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 5, 2020 |

The outdoor thermometer the other morning read 47 degrees at 7 a.m. There’s no denying it: We’re heading toward fall. September is one of my favorite months in the garden. The frenetic activity of early summer to get things started and the heat of July and August are absent. But that doesn’t mean there are…

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Spotlight: Growing for Health

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 4, 2020 |

This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. It was a natural partnership—a world-class health organization looking for ways to promote growing fresh vegetables and a group of experienced gardeners eager to serve their community. When the Mayo Clinic reached out to the Dodge County Master Gardeners in 2017, both groups were…

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Fall Northern Gardener is on Newsstands

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 1, 2020 |

The September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s filled with useful and inspiring information. Our cover image comes from Gail Brown Hudson’s article on why fall is the best time for garden planning and planting. The article is filled with suggestions for how to assess your garden to make next…

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Missing the State Fair? We Are, Too!

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 27, 2020 |

Like many Minnesotans, I’m feeling a bit glum today. It would have been the first day of the Minnesota State Fair, and for the past few years, that has meant it was time for my first volunteer shift in the hort society booth in the Horticulture Building. One of my jobs was telling visitors about…

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