Garden Ideas, Advice at Minnesota Home Show

The temperatures may still be in the cellar, but when things warm up this weekend, cooped-up gardeners can find lots of garden ideas, advice and inspiration at the Minnesota Home and Patio Show at the St. Paul RiverCentre, starting Thursday evening through Sunday. Whether your interest is in planting for bees, vegetable gardening, containers or…

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What Makes a Great Peony

The prairies of southern Minnesota area among the best places in the world to grow peonies, according to Laverne Dunsmore, owner of Countryside Gardens in Delano and one of the state’s foremost peony experts. Dunsmore, a grower and hybridizer, spoke at the Northern Green Expo, the annual educational convention of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape…

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Garden Trends Spotting at the Green Expo

The Northern Green Expo, sponsored each January by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, provides a sneak peak at what nurseries and garden centers will be offering come spring. The expo is an industry-event and includes dozens of educational talks (I was lucky to be able to sit in on two of those) as well…

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MSHS Honors Great Gardeners

Each year, MSHS honors a few of the many great gardeners in Minnesota with the MSHS Awards. You can read about these generous and talented people in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener, which will be on the news stands in the next week or so. The MSHS awards luncheon was held on Saturday at…

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Garden Trend Report: Color and Vertical Gardening

A couple of days ago, I reported on how vegetable gardening continues to be a big trend. You’ll see it in garden centers in the form of garden boxes for planting, patio-sized plants and lots of articles on using edibles in an ornamental way. (Side note: Enough with the chard already! It’s great stuff, but…

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Garden Trend Report: It's All About the Veg

I just got back (despite a really bad snow storm in southern Minnesota!) from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This was my third home and garden show of the year, and one that confirmed a lot of what I had seen and heard at the St. Paul and Minneapolis shows about the garden trends…

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Keep Your Plants On

You see a lot of fun ideas at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show, where MSHS will be exhibiting the rest of the weekend. For instance.. Why Not Plant Succulents in Pants?   Or Maybe a Row of Them? Love this exhibit by Oflora Gardens! We have lots of talks scheduled for the Garden Theater…

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Why Buy Summer Bulbs Now?

Each year, MSHS sells lily bulbs, hosta and dahlia tubers and other summer-blooming plants at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. The show opens Wednesday and the bulbs and tubers will be in Room 103, outside of the main home show floor, along with the Garden Theater, where MSHS brings in expert speakers on everything…

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Gardening for Birds (and Bees and Everything Else)

Gardening for birds, bees and other wildlife is not difficult — and it definitely does not mean your yard will look messy. The next issue of Northern Gardener (out in a week or so) includes a great article from Susan Davis Price about the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat program and several Minnesota gardeners who…

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