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What’s New at the Minnesota State Fair

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

MSHS has a new look to its display and several new features during the Minnesota State Fair. We hope you’ll visit us in the Dirt Wing of the Horticulture Building and check it out. Here’s What’s New: Garden to Glass. This year’s educational display is all about using the fruits, herbs, veggies and other good…

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Design That Says “Welcome to My Garden”

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some gardens seem to ooze the sentiment “welcome to my garden” whether through gates, entries, welcoming pots or window boxes. After seeing about 40 gardens over the past couple of months, I could not help but notice how many different ways gardeners used to say “welcome.” This post will be mostly pictures and I hope…

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Thanks, State Fair Garden Partners

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 14, 2019 | 3 Comments

This article originally appeared in the Jul/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Sometimes it takes a village to raise a garden, and thankfully, we’ve found a village of collaborators in the Adopt-a-Garden Program at the Minnesota State Fair. MSHS is indebted to our special partners who have come together to create and maintain these gardens…

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We Want to Hear Your Plant Story

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 8, 2019 | 1 Comment

Every plant has a story — some funny, some touching, some infuriating. In a recent issue of Northern Gardener, columnist Meleah Maynard wrote about her late mother-in-law’s beloved rabbit’s-foot fern and how its dry soil and wilting leaves were the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease encroaching on a lively personality. You can read a version…

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Show Off Your Plants at the State Fair

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 6, 2019 | 1 Comment

With all the rain we’ve had this year, there are some really good-looking containers in people’s gardens. Or, maybe you have an indoor plant you have been nurturing for years. Or a succulent tray or other unusual plant you are especially proud of. It’s time to show off your plant beauties at the MSHS Potted…

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