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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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Gardens at the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

This article by Brenda Harivieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. The Episcopal Homes of Minnesota in St. Paul has a long history of caring for older adults and offers several care levels and services. With a large campus in the city, gardens are important to the residents. “There’s no green…

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A Garden Trend We Love

By Mary Lahr Schier | January 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year when garden prognosticators are laying out the trends they see on the horizon. The garden trend list from Garden Design, a magazine website for high end gardeners, seems on-track with the trends we see in northern gardens here. Things like finding ways to keep landscapes lower maintenance, incorporating food-growing in…

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January/February Northern Gardener on Newsstands

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

The January/February issue of Northern Gardener will be on newsstands tomorrow and it’s full of stories and photos to warm the coldest, sub-zero night of the winter. Just look at that gorgeous photo of a ‘Rosa de la Noche’ waterlily on the cover. Thank you, Soni Forsman, for sharing that beautiful shot with Northern Gardener…

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Book Review: The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was encircled by huge old willows and tall firs, beneath which flourished flowers that loved the shade. Prim, right-angled paths, neatly bordered with clam-shells, intersected it like moist red ribbons and in the beds between old-fashioned flowers ran riot. In her new book, The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables (Timber Press, 2018) Catherine…

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Last Minute Gifts for Northern Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The countdown to Christmas is approaching fast, and if you still need to buy a gift for your favorite northern gardener, don’t worry. We’ve got several easy, fun ideas for last minute gifts for the gardeners in your life. An MSHS membership! Some folks like experiences rather than things, and for those gardeners…

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