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Celebrate Midsommer with a Garden Center Tour (and Wine!)

If you have ever been in Scandinavia at the end of June, you know how much they enjoy the long, summery days of “midsommar.” Picnics, family trips to the cabin, strolling through gardens and enjoying good food and drink are part of the annual celebration. This year, MSHS is sponsoring its own version of midsommar…

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Hot Off the Press: Planting in a Post-Wild World

This book review originally appeared in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Don’t reach for Planting in a Post-Wild World if you’re looking for reassuring recommendations for what to plant later this spring. Despite its lush color photos, relaxed layout and elegant styling, these people are calling for revolution—one that is bound to be controversial…

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Top 5 Plant Sale Shopping Tips

This weekend is the traditional start of plant sale season in Minnesota and there are dozens of them being held around the state. Check the special listings in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener magazine or the website at the Minnesota State Horticulture Society for sales near you. Plant sales are typically sponsored by garden…

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Visiting Art in Bloom 2017 at MIA

The annual Art in Bloom exhibit is on display today and through the weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and MSHS is participating again with an interpretation of “Rouen Cathedral, Sunrise,” a painting by Richard Parkes Bonington. It was the 13th year MSHS created a display for Art in Bloom, and this year the…

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Get Discounts on Plant Shopping at MSHS Discount Partners

It’s that time of the year, when gardeners are prowling nurseries and garden centers looking for annuals, perennials, vegetable starts and those special pieces of art or decoration for their garden. If you are an MSHS member, be sure to check out the list of MSHS Discount Partners on our website. (The list also appears…

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Minnesota Green: Sherburne County Master Gardeners

The Minnesota Green program has had a big impact on the Sherburne County Master Gardeners’ community gardening projects, and they’ve only participated in the program for one year. “Before Minnesota Green, I was spending money out of my own pocket to get plants for our kids’ gardening programs. I was happy to do it, but…

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Growing Greens in Early Spring

Lettuce and other greens, such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard, are among the vegetables that grow well starting in early spring. Growing greens is easy and this weekend, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, would be perfect for planting greens. Greens don’t like weather that is too hot and most…

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What's Blooming in the Neighborhood? Spring Edition

It was a brisk, sunny morning yesterday, so I took a walk around the neighborhood to see what’s blooming. For mid-April, quite a bit! Forsythia bushes looked pretty in several yards, as did magnolias and many of the deciduous shrub hedges had popped their leaves over the weekend when much-needed rain fell. We’re going from…

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Spring Garden Gala Recap

Another Spring Garden Gala is in the books, and it was a delightful time with attendees getting a sneak peak at many of the new plants that will be in nurseries and garden centers this year, courtesy of event sponsor Bailey Nurseries of Newport, MN, as well as a fun presentation on how to put…

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Review: New Bee Guide from Heather Holm

Minnesota author Heather Holm’s latest bee guide has the detail to satisfy even the most engaged citizen scientists and the scope to give beginning gardeners ideas for creating bee habitats. Bees: An Identification and Plant Forage Guide (Pollinator Press, 2017) is a follow up to Holm’s earlier book Pollinators of Native Plants (Pollinator Press, 2014)…

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