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Happy Poinsettia Day! (Care Tips Included)

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 12, 2018

Today (December 12) is Poinsettia Day! Who knew this favorite holiday plant even had a day of its own. But, today is the anniversary of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist (among many other things), who took a cutting of Euphorbia pulcherrima and eventually…

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Hennepin County Horticultural Society Community Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 11, 2018

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. It’s one of a series of articles about community gardens assisted by the Minnesota Green program of MSHS. The Hennepin County Horticultural Society (HCHS) has tended several gardens at the Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale for four years.…

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Hot Off the Press: Potted and Pruned

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 6, 2018

This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. If you’re not interested in yet another technique for making “black gold” or killing off buckthorn but want to spend a few minutes thinking about gardening, reach for Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (Gardenvangelist Books, 2017). Carol…

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Plant Profile: Elderberry

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 4, 2018

If you are considering adding a shrub to your garden next year, think about elderberry — a native plant with unusual foliage, creamy blooms in spring, and berries that are incredibly healthful. What’s not to love ? Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a native shrub or small tree, hardy to USDA Zone 4. It produces blue-black…

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Mark Your Calendar for Spring Garden Gala Registration

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 30, 2018

The MSHS Spring Garden Gala has been the must-attend spring event for gardeners for several years now. After a bit of tweaking, we’re going back to our original format and location — and you can reserve your seat starting tomorrow–Saturday, Dec. 1. The 2019 Spring Garden Gala will be held on Thursday, April 4, at…

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How to Find Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

North America is divided into 10 cold-hardiness zones by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (It’s also divided into 12 heat zones, but those are not usually a concern in northern climates.) The hardiness zones are based on the lowest low temperature an area is likely to experience. So, if you live in Rochester, Minn., your …

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Visit These Gardens on the MSHS Garden Tour

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 18, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Welcome to the Northern Gardener Blog

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

Welcome to the blog of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society! We serve northern gardeners by providing information, resources and community. Our classes, events and community outreach efforts strengthen gardening in Minnesota and beyond. Our award-winning magazine, Northern Gardener, is the only publication devoted exclusively to cold-climate gardening and is a must-read for gardeners in northern…

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It's Garden Tour Time

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Each year, MSHS travels somewhere in Minnesota to tour some of the state’s most beautiful gardens. The event raises money to support the society and introduces members to exciting gardens around the state. This year, we head to Central Minnesota where we will tour eight gorgeous gardens in St. Cloud and Sartell, Minn., on Saturday,…

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Summer Container Care

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Your containers may look lovely in early summer, but what happens when the weather gets hot and the summer gets long? Sometimes the containers get bedraggled. On a garden tour not long ago, we asked the homeowner how she kept her containers fantastic all summer long. She gave three pieces of simple advice. First, she…

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