Notes from Northern Gardener Blog

Sponsored by:

An Insider’s Look at Trends in Gardening

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 20, 2019

We’re so excited to be teaming with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on a program called “Trending Horticulture: Advancing the Art and Science of Gardening,” which will be held July 18 at the arboretum. This event is geared toward slightly more experienced gardeners and gardening enthusiasts who want to go deeper into topics and ideas and…

Read More

Plant Profile: Penstemon

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 10, 2019

June is the month of flowers, with favorites like roses, irises and peonies in bloom. But one of my favorite June flowers is Penstemon, sometimes referred to as beardtongue because of the fuzzy growths inside the plants bloom. Penstemon is a group of plants that includes more than 250 species and most of them are…

Read More

Growing Together: The Fairest Garden

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 6, 2019

This article by Brenda Harvieux  appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Former master gardener research plots at the Washington County fairgrounds have recently seen a vast expansion and reimagining. Now 13 display gardens, collectively known as the Fairest Garden, the space is a much-loved destination. “We don’t have a financial sponsor,” says…

Read More

How Old? An Old Elm in South Minneapolis

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 5, 2019

A reader contacted me recently about her very old (and very beautiful) American elm tree. The tree, she noted, had a circumference of 17 feet and was believed by some in the neighborhood to be about 240 years old. Would I like to take pictures of it? You bet! The homeowner told me she was…

Read More

Caring for Bulbs After Bloom

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 30, 2019

A few late tulips and daffodils are still blooming, but many spring-blooming bulbs are past their prime now. So how do you care for bulbs after bloom? Here are some tips: Deadhead. Unless you are planning to harvest seed or you want the bulbs to naturalize and spread in an area, start by removing the…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More



Become a Member

Join or renew today! Find out what membership level is right for you. Subscription to our award-winning Northern Gardener magazine is included with all levels of membership.

Advertise with Us

Explore print and digital advertising options and discover how Northern Gardener, the Notes from Northern Gardener Blog and our e-newsletter are all valuable advertising opportunities for your business.


Contact Mary Lahr Schier, MSHS blogger, at