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Plant Profile: Winterberry

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 23, 2019 |

Walking in the neighborhood this week, I noticed the beautiful red berries of winterberry on several shrubs planted around the foundation of one of my favorite houses. These folks have a beautiful landscape filled with hardy and native plants that look just right in our northern climate. For winter interest and bird-feeding beauty, nothing beats…

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Mini Meadows: Hot Off the Press

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 6, 2019 |

This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. In his new book, Mini Meadows: Create a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere Around Your Yard (Storey Publishing, 2019), Mike Lizotte uses an expansive definition of a meadow—a garden that is “loose and informal and … doesn’t take a lot…

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The Renegade Gardener Signs Off

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 5, 2019 |

This column by Don Engebretson appeared in the November-December Northern Gardener. We wish Don the best in his new adventures and thank him for his enlightening and entertaining columns over the years. Gardening and writing go hand in hand. Both are peaceful pursuits that gently coax creativity from the participant. Whether beginning a new garden…

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December Garden Chores

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 2, 2019 |

With folks cleaning up from a blizzard in Duluth and a two-day snowstorm in parts of the rest of the state, it’s hard to imagine there are a lot of December garden chores for northern gardeners. And, while this is one of the two most relaxing months for gardeners, there are still a few things…

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Farewell, Friends

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 1, 2019 |

This essay by Lynn Steiner originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. A former editor of Northern Gardener, Lynn was the Northern Natives columnist since 2004. All of us at MSHS wish Lynn the very best in her new adventures. My husband and I are getting ready to move from Minnesota to…

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