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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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Get Excited for Spring with Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | March 1, 2019 | 2 Comments

Our March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands today, and there is a lot in it to get gardeners excited for spring. First, this is a really pretty issue of the magazine, from Susy Morris’s cover photo of tulips in a container to Tracy Walsh’s photos of a young flower farmer and her…

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More Garden Talks to Inspire You

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

We’ll be back at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show again this weekend. We hope you’ll visit our booth on the show floor of the Minneapolis Convention Center and stop by to hear some of the great speakers on the garden stage. These garden talks are informative and given by real experts in their areas.…

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Spotlight: Garden in a Box in Chisago County

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. After interviewing Sue Humble, the Chisago County Master Gardener program coordinator, in 2017 about their community garden in North Branch, I learned that they do garden programming for children, too, and suggested they check out MSHS’ Garden-in-a-Box program. They joined…

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Get Inspired at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show opens this weekend and once again we’ll be there selling bulbs, plants, garden books and more. We’re also hosting the Garden Stage, where you can hear a variety of speakers on garden topics. What a great way to get inspired for the garden season ahead! The Minneapolis show runs…

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Grasses and Butterflies: A New E-Book Explains Connections

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 18, 2019 | 4 Comments

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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