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Plant Profile: Phlox

By Mary Lahr Schier | April 22, 2019

Phlox are among the most adaptable perennials for northern gardens. Garden phlox stand tall while creeping phlox spreads along the ground. Some bloom pink or near blue, while others are bright white. One type of phlox is a sign of spring, while others hold out until summer to bloom. Most phlox are native to North…

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10 Reasons Gardens Matter

By Mary Lahr Schier | April 15, 2019

Sunday was the official National Gardening Day, a day to mark appreciation for gardeners and gardening in what is for most of the country mid-spring. For us, it’s just another day of snow melting. But gardens matter, and for so many reasons. Here are 10 we think are particularly important: 1. It’s good for your…

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Spotlight: MSHS and Bad Weather Brewery

By Mary Lahr Schier | April 11, 2019

This article by Lara Lau-Schommer originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Over the past year, the event center at Bad Weather Brewing Company has been the venue for five MSHS classes. Class attendees engaged in projects such as making Valentine’s Day wreaths, Thanksgiving centerpieces and Japanese kokedamas while enjoying a complimentary…

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Spring Garden Classes: Inspiration Galore

By Mary Lahr Schier | April 10, 2019

Despite the threat of another snowstorm (blizzard???) this week, April is the time to get excited about the garden year ahead. And, we have a particularly inspiring group of classes and webinars on tap over the next couple of weeks. Whether your interest is container gardening or garden photography, we’ve got a class to enjoy.…

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See Our Arrangement at Art in Bloom

By Mary Lahr Schier | April 9, 2019

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will host its annual Art in Bloom fundraiser beginning Thursday and running through the weekend. We hope you’ll stop by to see our entry, which is based on Francesco da Ponte’s “The Element of Water.” The painting is from 1576-77 and can be found in gallery G341 at Mia.…

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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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Are You Seeing Aster Yellows?

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

We are hearing many reports from gardeners about aster yellows, a plant disease that is spread by aster leafhoppers and is highly contagious. Plants show more symptoms during times of hot weather, similar to that experienced by northern gardeners in July. The symptoms can be dramatic, odd-looking, and often cause gardeners to wonder what their…

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