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Grasses and Butterflies: A New E-Book Explains Connections

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 18, 2019

While many gardeners plant coneflowers, milkweed, black-eyed Susans and other blooming plants to help butterflies, ornamental grasses are also vital to the eco-system of these important creatures. A new, free e-book by Prof. Mary H. Meyer and Diane Narem describes the best ornamental grasses for cold climates AND which ones are most used by butterflies.…

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The Joy of a Secluded Garden

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 13, 2019

Gardeners have long known the value of a good fence or hedge. Putting a barrier between your garden and the outside world creates calm and a place where you can socialize with friends or just settle in with a good book. It also creates a distinct perimeter to design within and a cozy sense of…

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Big Change at St. Paul Home and Landscape Show

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 12, 2019

The St. Paul Home and Landscape Show (formerly called the Minnesota Home and Patio Show) is changing this year, but MSHS will be there with a variety of bulbs, plants, books, garden decor and educational opportunities. Those who are MSHS members receive free admission to the show, which will be held Feb. 15-17,  as part…

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Growing Together: Bemidji Garden Club

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 5, 2019

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. Like other garden clubs, the Bemidji Garden Club has regular meetings, community plantings they tend, a spring plant sale and tours to exceptional gardens, but what stands out is the members’ commitment to the environment and local food.   At the…

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Piet Oudolf Film Celebrates Gardens

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 31, 2019

If you have ever visited Lurie Gardens in Chicago or the High Line in New York City, you have seen the work of noted landscape designer Piet Oudolf. He’s considered a revolutionary in landscape design and it’s true that his landscapes have a special feel. Whether its the stunning Salvia River at Lurie or the…

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Grow Anywhere Gardening

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

You don’t need a large plot of land to grow your own food or some flowers to brighten your home. You can grow plants anywhere! That’s the theme of the MSHS Educational Booth at the Minnesota State Fair this year. You can grow plants in a wooden box — as many people do through our…

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MSHS Plant Show Winners

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to all the participants in the MSHS Plant Show at the Minnesota State Fair! The Grand Champion was a gorgeous bonsai entered by Sandy Merrill and Dennis Kolasa of Vadnais Heights. Reserve champion went to Mary Brickzin-Gale of Goodhue for her succulent plant collection. Here’s a list of the winning entries. Indoor Bloomers, Chuck…

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Meet Tomato Guy at the Fair

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you’re going to the Minnesota State Fair, be sure to visit the Horticulture Building and get your picture taken with Tomato Guy at the MSHS Educational Booth. While you are there, get information on unusual ways and places to grow vegetables.

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Is It Ripe Yet?

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Knowing when to pick vegetables for peak taste and texture is a skill many gardeners develop after years of trial and error. Generally, however, vegetables fall into two categories. Pick-early, pick-often. Some vegetables deteriorate noticeably if they are left in the garden too long. For these veggies, the best bet is to pick them young…

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Getting Ready for the State Fair!

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Boxes are piled high at the MSHS offices and volunteers have been weeding and laying mulch at the display gardens at Judson and Underwood Avenues on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The fair starts Thursday, Aug.23, and is one of our biggest events of the year. Members can renew membership (or join!), and everyone who renews…

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