Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

There is something magical about seeing a hummingbird darting from flower to flower in your garden. Some mornings, I sit on the back steps with my coffee in hopes of spotting a hummingbird, and in late summer, I am often rewarded with a glimpse of metallic green and red. Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is…

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Tips from Garden Tours 2021

It’s been great fun to be on garden tours again in 2021 after a year off during the pandemic. As always, I’m learning a lot from the wonderful gardeners who open their yards to visitors. Here are three tips from garden tours this year: Chartreuse is a Power Color My sister and I took the…

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6 Tips for Great Garden Photos

Will you be entering the Great Gardening Contest 2021? MSHS started this garden photography contest in 2020 when the pandemic forced cancellation of the Minnesota State Fair and our annual potted plant show. The in-person plant show is back, but we loved seeing your garden photos and are continuing the Great Gardening Contest this year!…

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Effective Watering Strategies for Northern Gardeners

Whether it’s hot like it is now or you just want to conserve a precious resource, understanding effective watering strategies is important for northern gardeners. Here are a few basic questions to consider when deciding when, how much and how to water. How Much Water Do My Plants Need? This depends a lot on the…

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Tips for Heatwave Gardening

Normally, we’re all about the tips for gardening in the cold and extending the season. But with a week or more of 90-plus degree temperatures, we decided to investigate the best tips for heatwave gardening. The forecast for the Twin Cities calls for temperatures in the 90s through Thursday—with similar highs throughout the state, with…

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Garden Tools We Recommend

Some garden tools are real keepers — they fit great in your hand and perform the task you want them to perform perfectly. This year at the Minnesota State Fair, our MSHS booth includes three garden tools for sale that we recommend. Betty Ann Addison, author, lecturer, photographer and owner of the Gardens of Rice…

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Leaving Perennials Standing: Pros and Cons

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As fall plods on and more plants start to brown or whither, the urge to “clean up just a little” is strong, and for many gardeners the question of whether to cut back perennials or leave them standing is one they consider every year.  There is a lot of ground between those who clean every…

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Avoiding Trouble with Critters and Fall-Planted Bulbs

It’s a rite of the season — every year, we northern gardeners plant bulbs in fall. It’s a sign of hope, a joyful ritual and a satisfying chore. But then spring comes and your beautifully planned swaths of color look like splotches on the landscape. What happened? Most likely, your luscious fall-planted bulbs provided a…

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Tips from Tours: Add Water and Sound

Last of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Paths Make the Garden Exciting

Fourth of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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