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Show Off Your Plants at the State Fair

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 6, 2019 | 1 Comment

With all the rain we’ve had this year, there are some really good-looking containers in people’s gardens. Or, maybe you have an indoor plant you have been nurturing for years. Or a succulent tray or other unusual plant you are especially proud of. It’s time to show off your plant beauties at the MSHS Potted…

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You Can Be a Master Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

The University of Minnesota Extension service is looking for a few good gardeners. You don’t have to know everything about gardening, but you should have a love for growing plants and nurturing gardens and a desire to share that with others in your community. Joining the U’s master gardener program is a great way to…

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Winning Vegetables for Next Year’s Garden

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Each year, plant breeders introduce dozens (maybe hundreds) of varieties of new plants. Some plants end up being garden all-stars — others not so much. Some plants are put through their paces through plant trials run by All-America Selections (AAS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to testing new plants and telling consumers about which ones did…

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Garden Accessories: Tips from Tours

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 29, 2019 | 1 Comment

The garden tour season here in Minnesota is winding down, and I’ve probably seen about 40 gardens over the past month or so. One thing I notice in many of these lovely gardens is the use of garden accessories, everything from perfectly placed containers and art to those humorous touches hiding between the plants. Accessories…

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Facts about Magnolia Scale

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

A knowledgeable gardener alerted us last week that he had heard reports that magnolia scale was visible in Minneapolis now. This insect has been around Minnesota for several years and it can be devastating to magnolias. It’s sneaky, too, and unless you know what you are looking for, you might not notice it. Here are…

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