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Mini Meadows: Hot Off the Press

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 6, 2019 |

This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. In his new book, Mini Meadows: Create a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere Around Your Yard (Storey Publishing, 2019), Mike Lizotte uses an expansive definition of a meadow—a garden that is “loose and informal and … doesn’t take a lot…

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The Renegade Gardener Signs Off

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 5, 2019 |

This column by Don Engebretson appeared in the November-December Northern Gardener. We wish Don the best in his new adventures and thank him for his enlightening and entertaining columns over the years. Gardening and writing go hand in hand. Both are peaceful pursuits that gently coax creativity from the participant. Whether beginning a new garden…

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December Garden Chores

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 2, 2019 |

With folks cleaning up from a blizzard in Duluth and a two-day snowstorm in parts of the rest of the state, it’s hard to imagine there are a lot of December garden chores for northern gardeners. And, while this is one of the two most relaxing months for gardeners, there are still a few things…

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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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