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Last-Minute Gifts for Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 18, 2012 |

T’was the week before Christmas, and you still haven’t got a gift for the gardener in your life. Never fear! MSHS has so many choices, available as quick as a click of your computer mouse or as fleet as your fingers on the phone. You can also stop by our shop in Roseville for gifts…

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Take a Peek at Our Fairy House Class

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 17, 2012 |

Have you ever considered taking a class through MSHS? We offer a variety of classes on plants, garden design, floral design, vegetable gardening and other topics. Fairy gardening has been one of the most popular topics in the past couple of years. Sally Lehn and Charlie Johnson of Garden Treasures in Anoka have taught several…

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Christmas Tree Care Tips

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 16, 2012 |

If you enjoy a fresh evergreen in your home for the holiday season, there are a few things you can do to keep your tree beautiful longer. According to the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association, several types of trees are grown here, including firs, pines and spruce trees. Tree care basically involves preventing the tree from…

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Poinsettia Care Tips

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 14, 2012 |

At this time of year, many hosts and hostesses are given a poinsettia. With its bright red brachts (the flowers are the tiny yellow growths inside the brachts) and green leaves, it seems to shout Happy Holidays. A native of Mexico and Central America, the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) was named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the…

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Garden Book Review: Beautiful No-Mow Yards

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 11, 2012 |

I’ve been meaning to review Evelyn J. Hadden’s latest book on creating yards with less or no lawn ever since she spoke at my hometown library last spring. Beautiful No-Mow Yards is Hadden’s second book on alternatives to turf, a subject she has been promoting for years. A Twin Cities resident, Hadden has become a…

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