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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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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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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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