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Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners

September 7, 2021 |

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. “This campaign you’ve got to expand your membership is an opportunity to pass on the joy of growing to the next generation of gardeners,” says Todd Sicard, a society member who was part of a team of Minnesota corporate volunteers sponsored by Hands…

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Goldenrod and Asters

September 4, 2021 |

This article by Rhonda Fleming Haye originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Salt and pepper. Batman and Robin. Spaghetti and meatballs. Rhythm and blues. Goldenrod and asters. What? Allow me some alliteration when I say goldenrod and asters are a perfect pairing of powerhouse plants for pollinators. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of…

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Plant Profile: Lovely Lemon Balm

September 1, 2021 |

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. As your eyes drift across the garden, you might not immediately notice the bushy herb with the jagged-edged leaves. It’s easy to overlook amongst the sunflowers and the summer squash and the snapdragons. But let’s take a closer look at…

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Plant Profile: Anise Hyssop

September 1, 2021 |

This article by Beth Stetenfield first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Anise hyssop is a tactile plant; soft to the touch when in full bloom and as it develops seeds. It also appeals to the other senses—the scent of the foliage is reminiscent of licorice and is used in teas, jams,…

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Plant Profile: Cardinal Flower

August 30, 2021 |

This article by Lynn Steiner first appeared September/October 2019 issue of Northern Gardner. Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) gets its name from the brilliant red flowers that grow in an elongated cluster atop the stems, midsummer through early fall. The tubular flowers are two-lipped, with the three lobes of the lower lip appearing more prominent than…

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