Blog for Northern Gardeners

Brought to you by the editor of Northern Gardener magazine and...



Plant Profile: Annual Salvia

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 25, 2020 |

If you enjoy watching hummingbirds in the garden or seeing lots of pollinators on your plants, be sure to plant some annual salvias next year. Salvia is an enormous genus of plants with more than 1,000 species, including those that are annual, perennial or shrubs. The herb sage (Salvia officianalis) is also a salvia. Note:…

Read More

Meet Rick Juliusson

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 20, 2020 |

Rick Juliusson, the recently appointed MSHS executive director, brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and horticulture to his new role as leader of the 9,000-member society. Prior to joining MSHS, Rick was Head of School at Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul, which is best known to gardeners for its extensive plant…

Read More

Review: The Midwest Native Plant Primer

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 14, 2020 |

As a gardener who likes to use as many native plants as fit (both physically and aesthetically) in my urban yard, Alan Branhagen’s new book will be an often consulted guide. Branhagen, who is director of operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and former director of horticulture at Powell Gardens in Kansas City, has two…

Read More

Bringing Minnesota State Fair Fun to You

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 11, 2020 |

In a normal year, we would be busy now getting ready for the Minnesota State Fair—prepping for the MSHS Potted Plant Show, sorting T-shirts and garden accessories, lining up speakers for the stage in the Dirt Wing, preparing our state fair garden and getting ready to meet you at the fair. 2020 is not normal,…

Read More

How to Tell If Your Melon is Ripe

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 6, 2020 |

Is it melon time yet? Depending on which melons you grew and when you planted them, you may already have had your first taste of a delicious homegrown cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon. Or, you may be looking at the wild vines in your vegetable garden and wondering if your melon is ripe yet. Here’s how…

Read More