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Plant Profile: Norfolk Island Pine

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 12, 2020 |

What winter-bound northern gardener doesn’t love a tree that grows indoors? That may explain the popularity of Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), an easy to care for, textural plant that can grow to indoor-tree size over several years. Many people get Norfolk Island pines as a holiday gift because they have the look of a…

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Spotlight: Landscape Design Basics Workshop

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 9, 2020 |

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. MSHS is collaborating with University of Minnesota Extension again to bring gardeners the workshop Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners. This comprehensive class focuses on the landscape process from site analysis (including soil sampling) to concept plans to site-specific plant selection. Hands-on labs during…

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January/February 2020 Northern Gardener on Newsstands

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 1, 2020 |

Ring in the new year and new decade with a new issue of Northern Gardener filled with inspiration, ideas and information to help you grow a productive, healthy and pretty garden in 2020. The cover image of a snowdrop (Galanthus) emerging from the earth in early spring by photographer and blogger Jennifer McGuinness is just…

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Top 10 Garden Tips from 2019 Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 29, 2019 |

With each new issue of Northern Gardener, my garden knowledge increases — and I hope it does for our readers as well. This year, there were many great tips for northern gardeners in the six issues of the magazine but these 10 stood out as especially interesting whether your are a new gardener, and experienced…

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Plant Profile: Winterberry

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 23, 2019 |

Walking in the neighborhood this week, I noticed the beautiful red berries of winterberry on several shrubs planted around the foundation of one of my favorite houses. These folks have a beautiful landscape filled with hardy and native plants that look just right in our northern climate. For winter interest and bird-feeding beauty, nothing beats…

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