Sisters’ Camelot and Minnesota Green

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. “We want to feed hungry people in our community,” says Andy Lapham, community garden director with Sisters’ Camelot, a community-supported food share with community gardens. Volunteers collect donated organic produce that would otherwise be thrown out and distribute it in low-income neighborhoods…

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Rochester Garden & Flower Club Honored

Big congratulations to the 150 members of the Rochester Garden & Flower Club! The club, a long-time affiliate of MSHS, was honored Oct. 17 at the Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust’s fifth annual Fete: A Celebration of Excellence in the Arts. The Rochester Garden & Flower Club was named one of the top three groups…

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Gardens at Waite House Neighborhood Center

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. The Waite House Neighborhood Center supports the diverse Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis through a number of social programs. It aims to be a hub of urban agriculture and is the home of the Phillips Community Healthy Living Initiative (PCHLI), which is a collaboration…

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Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners Bring Gardening to Mankato Schools

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. Teaming up with Mankato Area Public Schools and Blue Earth County State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), the Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners helped the staff and youth participants in the district’s after-school childcare program plant 4-by-12-foot raised bed vegetable gardens last summer. The…

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Spotlight: Bemidji Food Shelf Gardens

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. In 2013, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) needed more fresh fruits and vegetables for its clients, so supporters took matters into their own hands. In collaboration with community partners, they started a farm with three goals: Provide high quality, fresh produce for…

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Spotlight: Kent Petterson

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Kent Petterson, owner of Terrace Horticultural Books, shows his support for MSHS in many ways. He’s a lifetime member, a longtime donor, a 150th anniversary sponsor, and Terrace Books is also an MSHS discount card partner. Terrace is the largest seller of books,…

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Merriam Station Community Garden

This Growing Together feature first appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. The Merriam Station Community Garden in St. Paul, this year’s winner of MSHS’ St. Paul Garden Club Award, has a surprising history. The now flourishing spot was first a railroad depot, then houses, and then a dingy, illegal dumpsite until 2012—that’s when…

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Support MSHS on Give to the Max Day

With Minnesota’s annual Give to the Max Day just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the visionary gardeners who support MSHS now, and those who have supported the work of the society for the past 150 years. It’s thanks to their understanding of the importance of gardening in our communities that has made the…

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Garden Bloggers Visit Vera's Garden

Each garden bloggers from around the United States, Canada and beyond get together for a three-day “fling” in a city. Last weekend, the bloggers visited the Twin Cities and one of their stops was Vera’s Garden, a fantastic community garden that volunteers nurture along the Midtown Greenway bike trail in Minneapolis. The garden, as one…

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Growing Together: Washington Co. Master Gardeners

This article originally appeared in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener. On property owned by Retail Construction Services (RCS) in Lake Elmo, University of MInnesota Extension Master Gardeners from Washington County maintain a 6,000 square foot corporate teaching giving garden. More than 200 youth and 200 adult volunteers are active in the garden. They grow…

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