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Planting Perennials in Fall

September 16, 2021 |

Fall is a great time to plant spring-blooming bulbs, tress, shrubs and, yes, perennials. While many people choose spring for planting perennials, there are some real advantages to fall planting, especially if you do it in September. Here are five reasons to be planting perennials in fall: Softer Weather. May weather is all over the…

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Congratulations, Potted Plant Show Winners

September 14, 2021 |

The 2021 Minnesota State Fair was different in many ways, but in keeping with tradition, the first two days of the fair included displays of some of the prettiest potted plants Minnesotans can grow. The MSHS Potted Plant Show includes categories for houseplants, container plants, cacti and more. And, Minnesota gardeners did not disappoint. We…

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Plant to Pick: ‘Blackhawks’ Big Bluestem

September 10, 2021 |

This article by Debbie Lonnee originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Ornamental grasses add height and texture to our gardens. ‘Blackhawks’ big bluestem also adds exceptional fall (and summer) colors to the perennial garden. Many northern gardeners have cultivars of little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) in their gardens. Much breeding work over…

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Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners

September 7, 2021 |

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. “This campaign you’ve got to expand your membership is an opportunity to pass on the joy of growing to the next generation of gardeners,” says Todd Sicard, a society member who was part of a team of Minnesota corporate volunteers sponsored by Hands…

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Goldenrod and Asters

September 4, 2021 |

This article by Rhonda Fleming Haye originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Salt and pepper. Batman and Robin. Spaghetti and meatballs. Rhythm and blues. Goldenrod and asters. What? Allow me some alliteration when I say goldenrod and asters are a perfect pairing of powerhouse plants for pollinators. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of…

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