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2019 All-America Selections: Tested Garden Favorites

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 17, 2019

Each November, January and July, All-America Selections, a nonprofit organization that tests new plants for home gardeners, announces its winning plants from the previous season. The plants are all new to the market and all of them have undergone extensive testing in trial gardens around the country. (One of those gardens is in Morris, Minnesota,…

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Winter Flower Show at Como Conservatory

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 14, 2019

Even though it’s felt like we live in Seattle the past — oh, maybe — four months, it is still January in Minnesota. That means short days, cold temps and a chance to escape at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park. I love, love, love the conservatory, especially in January. The air is moist,…

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Using Living Coral in the Garden

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 9, 2019

Each year Pantone names its Color of the Year. Pantone produces a line of color-matching products that are invaluable to graphic designers and others who have to get colors just right. In the recent past, the Color of the Year has included Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Greenery and Tangerine Tango. This year’s color is called Living Coral…

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Gardens at the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 8, 2019

This article by Brenda Harivieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. The Episcopal Homes of Minnesota in St. Paul has a long history of caring for older adults and offers several care levels and services. With a large campus in the city, gardens are important to the residents. “There’s no green…

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A Garden Trend We Love

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 3, 2019

It’s that time of year when garden prognosticators are laying out the trends they see on the horizon. The garden trend list from Garden Design, a magazine website for high end gardeners, seems on-track with the trends we see in northern gardens here. Things like finding ways to keep landscapes lower maintenance, incorporating food-growing in…

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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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Who Needs a Haircut?

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

By midsummer, the plants – like some of the kids – are looking scruffy. It’s time for haircuts! Many perennials and annuals benefit from trimming back or selective pruning in midsummer. Reasons for doing the pruning vary as does the severity of the haircut. Whenever you prune, make sure your scissors, hand shearers or bypass…

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Welcome to Our Blog!

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

The Internet gives us so many ways to communicate with gardeners in the North. You can check out our website, our Facebook fan page, our Twitter feed and now this new blog. Here we will be sharing tips about gardening in cold-climates learned from our members, readers of Northern Gardener and, of course, the great…

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