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June Garden Chores

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 3, 2020 |

The approach of heat, humidity and regular thunderstorms signals we have hit June, and it’s time to think about June garden chores for gardeners in USDA Zones 3 and 4. Here are a dozen to get you started. 1. Enjoy your garden! You’ve done a lot of work already this season, and it’s been a…

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Spotlight: Como-Rice Garden Partnership

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 3, 2020 |

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Over the past year, MSHS has been helping create connection through gardening at the intersection of Como and Rice streets in St. Paul through our Minnesota Green program. At the Como-Rice intersection, MSHS, the City of St. Paul, the Capitol Area Architectural and…

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Book Review: Foliage First

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 27, 2020 |

One of the mantras often repeated by garden designers is “think foliage first, then flowers.” Foliage lasts throughout the growing season and sometimes hangs on into winter, while flowers on trees, shrubs and perennials tend to be fleeting. In this book by Washington-state based garden designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, foliage is both the…

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Watch Out for Jumping Worms

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 20, 2020 |

Spring is a good time to watch out for jumping worms (Amynthas sp.), the latest invasive pest to hit Minnesota. As gardeners are planting potted plants, adding compost and mulch to gardens and spending more time observing their yards, they are more likely to notice the writhing jumping worms and the tell-tale soil with a…

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Book Review: Hardy Roses

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 14, 2020 |

Growing roses in New Brunswick, Canada, nursery owner Bob Osborne knows a thing or two about cold-climate gardening. He’s recently released the third edition of his book, Hardy Roses: The Essential Guide for High Latitudes and Altitudes¬†(Firefly Books, 2020). This is a great book for those new to rose growing or someone who has grown…

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