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A Garden Writer's Garden

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 14, 2012 |

  This weekend, Meleah Maynard’s garden was part of the Hennepin County Master Gardener’s annual garden tour. Many of you may know Meleah (pronounced Me-Lee-ah) from her Perennial Favorites column in Northern Gardener, her feature stories or her book with Jeff Gilman, Decoding Garden Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations (Timber Press,…

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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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