Blog for Northern Gardeners



Seed Shopping Tips for Budget-Conscious Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 29, 2020 |

We have reached the tough part of winter. The snow looks gray and gross, the sun hasn’t been out in weeks, the ice ruts in the alley are here to stay and April seems a long way off. Time for some seed shopping! Ordering seeds whether using a catalog or just perusing websites is a…

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10 Houseplants Safe for Dogs and Cats

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 22, 2020 |

One of the most common questions we get at the hort society is “is this plant safe for dogs or cats?” Fortunately, the folks at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have a long list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and a similar list for cats. They also…

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How to Make a Plant Love You: Book Review

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 20, 2020 |

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Knowing that Summer Rayne Oakes lives in a Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment with about 1,000 plants, I expected her first gardening book to be about houseplant care. While you can learn elements of plant care from this book,¬†How to Make a Plant Love…

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Plant Profile: Norfolk Island Pine

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 12, 2020 |

What winter-bound northern gardener doesn’t love a tree that grows indoors? That may explain the popularity of Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), an easy to care for, textural plant that can grow to indoor-tree size over several years. Many people get Norfolk Island pines as a holiday gift because they have the look of a…

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Spotlight: Landscape Design Basics Workshop

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 9, 2020 |

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. MSHS is collaborating with University of Minnesota Extension again to bring gardeners the workshop Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners. This comprehensive class focuses on the landscape process from site analysis (including soil sampling) to concept plans to site-specific plant selection. Hands-on labs during…

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