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By Mary Lahr Schier | May 14, 2019

This article by Tom McKusick originally appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Since 2011, the Donation Garden in Long Lake has planted, harvested and delivered fresh vegetables to local food shelves. Growing vegetables on a little less than a tenth of an acre, the garden yielded more than 2,700 pounds of produce…

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Pollinator Packs for Northern Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 7, 2019

Since our 150th anniversary in 2016, MSHS has been promoting Pollinator Packs for gardeners interested in attracting bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. The idea for the Pollinator Packs came from volunteer Mary Maguire Lerman, who thought they would be a great way to celebrate the anniversary and encourage more gardeners to care about pollinators.…

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Welcome Garden Season with the May/June Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 2, 2019

The May/June 2019 issue of Northern Gardener should be on newsstands this week, and from its bright green cover to the special ads at the back, it is full of excitement for the real beginning of the garden season. The cover image is from Michelle Mero Riedel who has an article about 12 less-common annuals…

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Gear Up for Plant Shopping with Our Discount Partners

By Mary Lahr Schier | April 30, 2019

As we get into the biggest plant shopping weeks of the year, MSHS members should double check the list of Discount Partners to ensure they get the best deals possible. We have more than 100 garden centers, nurseries and specialty shops, even wineries, that support MSHS and northern gardeners through the program. Here’s how it…

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A Bouquet of Book Reviews for Spring

By Mary Lahr Schier | April 26, 2019

It’s spring, and along with the daffodils and spring ephemerals, it’s a time when new books of interest to gardeners emerge. Here are four mini book reviews of newer books we like. A Way to Garden (Timber Press, 2019) by Margaret Roach is a revision to the book Roach published more than 20 years ago.…

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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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