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More Sustainable Roses for Northern Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 15, 2020 |

If you’ve read our May/June issue of Northern Gardener, you may have seen the article by Randy Nelson and David Zlesak about sustainable roses for our climate. Randy and David are researchers working with the American Rose Trials for Sustainability (A.R.T.S.), a group that is testing and reporting on roses that are particularly adapted to…

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5 Perennials That Act Like Shrubs

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 10, 2020 |

Trees and shrubs are the backbone of most gardens. They provide height, structure and (sometimes) interest all year long. But if your garden is smaller—as mine is—finding right-sized shrubs is a challenge. That’s when I turn to perennials that act like shrubs. These are perennials with some height (3 feet or more) and some heft.…

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It’s Not Too Late to Plant Pollinator Plants

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 9, 2020 |

Judging by the crowds at nurseries and garden centers in May, it’s easy to think you can’t plant pollinator plants (or anything else!) after June 1. Not at all. In fact, savvy gardeners often will shop in June or July to find plants for their gardens, some of which may be on sale. Native pollinator-friendly…

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June Garden Chores

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 3, 2020 |

The approach of heat, humidity and regular thunderstorms signals we have hit June, and it’s time to think about June garden chores for gardeners in USDA Zones 3 and 4. Here are a dozen to get you started. 1. Enjoy your garden! You’ve done a lot of work already this season, and it’s been a…

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Spotlight: Como-Rice Garden Partnership

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 3, 2020 |

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Over the past year, MSHS has been helping create connection through gardening at the intersection of Como and Rice streets in St. Paul through our Minnesota Green program. At the Como-Rice intersection, MSHS, the City of St. Paul, the Capitol Area Architectural and…

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