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Happy Poinsettia Day! (Care Tips Included)

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 12, 2018

Today (December 12) is Poinsettia Day! Who knew this favorite holiday plant even had a day of its own. But, today is the anniversary of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist (among many other things), who took a cutting of Euphorbia pulcherrima and eventually…

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Hennepin County Horticultural Society Community Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 11, 2018

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. It’s one of a series of articles about community gardens assisted by the Minnesota Green program of MSHS. The Hennepin County Horticultural Society (HCHS) has tended several gardens at the Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale for four years.…

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Hot Off the Press: Potted and Pruned

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 6, 2018

This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. If you’re not interested in yet another technique for making “black gold” or killing off buckthorn but want to spend a few minutes thinking about gardening, reach for Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (Gardenvangelist Books, 2017). Carol…

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Plant Profile: Elderberry

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 4, 2018

If you are considering adding a shrub to your garden next year, think about elderberry — a native plant with unusual foliage, creamy blooms in spring, and berries that are incredibly healthful. What’s not to love ? Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a native shrub or small tree, hardy to USDA Zone 4. It produces blue-black…

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Mark Your Calendar for Spring Garden Gala Registration

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 30, 2018

The MSHS Spring Garden Gala has been the must-attend spring event for gardeners for several years now. After a bit of tweaking, we’re going back to our original format and location — and you can reserve your seat starting tomorrow–Saturday, Dec. 1. The 2019 Spring Garden Gala will be held on Thursday, April 4, at…

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Interact Theater and Community Gardens are Growing Together

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. When speaking to the artists at the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in St. Paul, it’s clear that they are dedicated their art and having the opportunity to create art has changed their lives profoundly. A professional…

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Last-Minute Fall Lawn Care Tips

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

As we creep into November, most gardeners are rushing to finish any last-minute tasks they have not completed — including buttoning up the lawn for the year. This late in the year, you really only have two things to deal with in terms of your fall lawn care. By the end of October, according to…

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Bird Gardening and More in the Latest Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands today, and it’s the magazine with the stunning photo of the black-capped chickadee sitting in an evergreen on the cover. This is a meaty issue, with lots of information to ponder throughout the winter. Our cover story is by gardener, blogger and Master Naturalist Beth…

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Let’s Talk Pumpkins!

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

With Halloween just around the corner, you may be wondering about the link between the pumpkins scaring the neighborhood kids and the ones in the can you’ll be using to make pumpkin pie in less than a month. Can you use the Jack-o-Lantern to make the pie? Short answer: Yes, but you might not want…

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Why Aren’t the Ginkgo Leaves Yellow This Year?

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

Ginkgo trees can be stunning in fall. The broad, fan-shaped ginkgo leaves turn a brilliant yellow that is particularly striking at sunrise and sunset. Then, the leaves all drop quickly — sometimes in one day — and the show is over. Something different is happening this year — the leaves are dropping and many are…

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