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Garden TV for Prairie Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 18, 2018

Minnesota gardeners are a fortunate lot. In addition to our own Northern Gardener magazine, which offers zone-specific gardening information, we also have a couple of TV shows that provide garden information and insight just for the North. Many of us are familiar with Grow with KARE, featuring Bobby Jensen and Belinda Jensen, which runs each…

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Book Review: Succulents

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 16, 2018

Succulents have been having a vogue for the past several years, as everything from bridal bouquets to interior walls have been covered with these water-wise, geometric plants. Succulents include all plants that have a fleshy appearance and conserve water, including such northern favorites as hens-and-chicks and sedum. But many of us think of succulents as…

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Take Your Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 11, 2018

We’re heading back into the deep freeze here in Minnesota, which is the best time I know of to visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. The Como conservatory is a popular destination for northerners seeking a break from the cold, dry air that we experience this time of year. The…

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Plan Your 2018 Garden with Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 8, 2018

The January/February issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now and it’s filled with advice and inspiration for your 2018 garden. The cover story is a profile of Diane Gustus’s glowing suburban garden, which is filled with colorful perennials, written and photographed by Gail Brown Hudson. One of Diane’s best tips: Don’t crowd perennials. She…

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Best Garden Advice from Our Facebook Fans

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 20, 2017

Last week, we sponsored a giveaway of the new book, The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, on our Facebook fan page. To be entered in the drawing, we asked our fans to tell us the best garden advice they had received from their favorite garden mentor, whether a grandparent, parent, friend or neighbor. Nearly…

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Garden TV for Prairie Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Minnesota gardeners are a fortunate lot. In addition to our own Northern Gardener magazine, which offers zone-specific gardening information, we also have a couple of TV shows that provide garden information and insight just for the North. Many of us are familiar with Grow with KARE, featuring Bobby Jensen and Belinda Jensen, which runs each…

Read More

Book Review: Succulents

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Succulents have been having a vogue for the past several years, as everything from bridal bouquets to interior walls have been covered with these water-wise, geometric plants. Succulents include all plants that have a fleshy appearance and conserve water, including such northern favorites as hens-and-chicks and sedum. But many of us think of succulents as…

Read More

Take Your Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

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

We’re heading back into the deep freeze here in Minnesota, which is the best time I know of to visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. The Como conservatory is a popular destination for northerners seeking a break from the cold, dry air that we experience this time of year. The…

Read More

Plan Your 2018 Garden with Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The January/February issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now and it’s filled with advice and inspiration for your 2018 garden. The cover story is a profile of Diane Gustus’s glowing suburban garden, which is filled with colorful perennials, written and photographed by Gail Brown Hudson. One of Diane’s best tips: Don’t crowd perennials. She…

Read More

Best Garden Advice from Our Facebook Fans

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week, we sponsored a giveaway of the new book, The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, on our Facebook fan page. To be entered in the drawing, we asked our fans to tell us the best garden advice they had received from their favorite garden mentor, whether a grandparent, parent, friend or neighbor. Nearly…

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