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Plant Profile: Ginkgo Tree

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 9, 2019 |

There’s been a lot of conversation recently about the most resilient trees to plant in the North to endure climate change. One that is always on the list is the Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba ), which is a tough urban tree that can handle salt, has the right height and shape to be a boulevard…

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Help Us Harvest a Challenge Grant

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 3, 2019 |

This October, a longtime supporter and member of MSHS has challenged us to raise up to $5,000 to support the society and its work connecting young people to gardening and food security. Your donations, which will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 in this challenge grant, drive valuable MSHS programs that bring plants,…

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Your Garden Can Be Wild and Neat

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 1, 2019 |

Claudia West might be considered a garden revolutionary. With co-author Thomas Rainier, West argues in Planting in a Post Wild World (Timber Press, 2015) that trying to re-create nature precisely in our backyards is a futile endeavor. Instead gardeners who also care about the environment should design gardens filled with plant communities that enhance each…

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Book Review: Emma Bee

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 1, 2019 |

During the Minnesota State Fair, Duluth author Pamela Fish Carlson visited our booth and signed copies of her new children’s book, Emma Bee (Beaver Pond Press, 2019). Pam and her book were a big hit with fairgoers, especially those with children in their lives. Emma Bee is the story of a young honeybee, heading out…

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SLP Seeds Plants Seeds for Urban Farming

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 24, 2019 |

This article by Maria Brosofske originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. SLP Seeds founder Julie Rappaport began planting the seeds for educational urban farming and community food equity in St. Louis Park more than seven years ago. As part of its mission, SLP Seeds manages eight community gardening sites including gardens at…

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