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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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5 Easy Houseplants for Beginners

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 29, 2019 |

Houseplants have been having a vogue the past few years, and about a third of houseplant sales are to millennials that generation born between about 1982 and 2000. These young adults love houseplants because you don’t need a yard to grow them, they are easy to care for and bring nature into your home. While…

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Hands-on Classes, Discounts and More at MSHS Holiday Open House

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 18, 2019 |

You’ll have a chance to make a holiday wreath or a holiday swag, purchase deeply discounted gift memberships in MSHS and browse garden-themed decor, books and T-shirts at the MSHS Holiday Open House to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at our new office space at 1935 W. County Rd.…

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Minnesota Green and Peace Lutheran Church

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 15, 2019 |

This article by Becky Grefthen originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Since 2016, Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids has been a member of the MSHS Minnesota Green program. This has enabled the church’s garden committee to improve and add new plant material to the perennial beds located throughout the 3-plus…

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Plant Profile: Northern Pin Oak

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 14, 2019 |

Douglas Tallamy, the scientist who wrote the best-seller Bringing Nature Home, says that if you want to plant a tree for pollinators, birds and other wildlife, plant an oak, particularly a native oak. Oaks support more than 500 types of pollinators by providing shelter, food and habitat. They also bring in birds galore. The northern…

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