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The Pollinator Victory Garden: Book Review

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 20, 2020 |

Search for “pollinator” in the books section of, and about 750 titles pop up,  most of them written in the past decade as pollinator decline and concern about it has risen. Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial, explains the need to plant for pollinators in the context of victory gardens in her new book The…

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New U of M Conservatory a Horticultural Hot Spot

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 17, 2020 |

There is nothing like a plant-filled glass-house to get you through a cold Minnesota winter, and we northern gardeners will soon have a new place to get our fix of humidity and plants. The University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences is opening a new conservatory this spring, which will house displays and a collection…

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Summer Bulbs: Planting and Care Tips

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 13, 2020 |

Summer bulbs are the show-offs of the garden. They’re big, they’re bright, they’re colorful, some are even a little bit loud—and that’s what we love about them! Each year, MSHS sells summer bulbs during the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which begins in two weeks. We’re often asked whether people can really buy their bulbs…

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Start Your Valentine’s Day with Our Strawberry-Mint Smoothie

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 11, 2020 |

Aw, the Minnesota State Fair. It’s been a long time since the fair, where we unveiled our popular “Garden to Glass” display, which included four wonderful recipes for drinks you can make with garden-grown produce and herbs. The garden is under snow now, but if you have some homegrown or store-bought strawberries in the freezer,…

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Spring Garden Gala Has Native Plant Flair

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 6, 2020 |

It’s officially a trend: Many gardeners are looking for ways to incorporate more native plants in their yards and landscapes to benefit bees, butterflies, insects and wildlife. This year, the MSHS Garden Gala will focus on garden-worthy native plants and how to use them in your garden to create beauty and habitat. The gala is…

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