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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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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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