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How Big? Planting the Right Size Shrubs

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 27, 2012 |

It’s happened to many gardeners and homeowners. You plant a trio of cute little shrubs in front of your house. Three years later, you’re hacking your way through the brush to get to the door. What happened? Nothing. You’re shrubs just grew to their intended size, and like children that go from pint-sized to six-footers…

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How to Find Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 25, 2012 |

North America is divided into 10 cold-hardiness zones by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (It’s also divided into 12 heat zones, but those are not usually a concern in northern climates.) The hardiness zones are based on the lowest low temperature an area is likely to experience. So, if you live in Rochester, Minn., your …

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Visit These Gardens on the MSHS Garden Tour

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 18, 2012 |
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Welcome to the Northern Gardener Blog

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 18, 2012 |

Welcome to the blog of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society! We serve northern gardeners by providing information, resources and community. Our classes, events and community outreach efforts strengthen gardening in Minnesota and beyond. Our award-winning magazine, Northern Gardener, is the only publication devoted exclusively to cold-climate gardening and is a must-read for gardeners in northern…

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It's Garden Tour Time

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 12, 2012 |

Each year, MSHS travels somewhere in Minnesota to tour some of the state’s most beautiful gardens. The event raises money to support the society and introduces members to exciting gardens around the state. This year, we head to Central Minnesota where we will tour eight gorgeous gardens in St. Cloud and Sartell, Minn., on Saturday,…

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