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Tips from Garden Tours 2021

July 30, 2021 |

It’s been great fun to be on garden tours again in 2021 after a year off during the pandemic. As always, I’m learning a lot from the wonderful gardeners who open their yards to visitors. Here are three tips from garden tours this year: Chartreuse is a Power Color My sister and I took the…

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Aster Yellows vs. Eriophyid Mites on Coneflower

July 29, 2021 |

We’ve been getting a few calls lately from northern gardeners wondering if their coneflowers have aster yellows. That’s one option—the other is an Eriophyid mite infestation. Here’s what you need to know about these two plant problems. Aster Yellows This disease is fairly common and can occur on many plants, including tomatoes, marigolds, snapdragons, even…

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Member Spotlight: Gardening Tradition

July 27, 2021 |

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. “I know that my mom had a hand in all of this,” says new MSHS member Amy Trossen. “Some of my earliest memories are in the garden.” Amy grew up on a 3-acre property in Brooklyn Park, along with her nine brothers and…

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6 Tips for Great Garden Photos

July 22, 2021 |

Will you be entering the Great Gardening Contest 2021? MSHS started this garden photography contest in 2020 when the pandemic forced cancellation of the Minnesota State Fair and our annual potted plant show. The in-person plant show is back, but we loved seeing your garden photos and are continuing the Great Gardening Contest this year!…

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Marking One Year with MSHS

July 20, 2021 |

By Rick Juliusson, executive director It’s been exactly one year since I started at MSHS as the new executive director. Starting a new job at the height of the pandemic was interesting—instead of meeting the team with homemade cupcakes at the office, I was treated on Day One to a 2-hour online meeting with the…

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