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Growing Together: U of Minnesota Horticulture

Education from the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science isn’t just for enrolled students. Last spring, the Minnesota horticulture department started offering free public-friendly seminars on Wednesdays; the speaker changes every week, and you can sign up to receive an email with a list of speakers, which many area garden clubs opt into. “We…

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New Vegetable Varieties for 2017 Shrinking

Judging by the new vegetable varieties being offered this year, gardens are shrinking. More varieties are being marketed for patios, pots and raised beds. Everything from tiny eggplant to mini-squash and patio peas are in the catalogs for vegetable gardeners to consider this year. Here are new varieties (or at least newish) that look especially…

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Spotlight: Spring Garden Gala Volunteers

MSHS could not put on events such as the Spring Garden Gala without the many volunteers who help us out. One of the standouts has been board member Toni Kluck, who was profiled in the March/April issue of Northern Gardener. “I’m a utilitarian gardener who wants to create beautiful space that my family will use,”…

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Peppers, Garden Chaos and More: New Northern Gardener

The latest issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s full of information to get gardeners excited about the coming season. Our cover story is on two hot pepper fanatics—Steve Marier of the Hugo Feed Mill and one of his customers, Jim Perry of the University of Minnesota. These two guys know and…

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More Great Home Show Speakers

If you are attending the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show this weekend, MSHS has another roundup of great speakers. The Garden Theater is located in Room 103, just outside the main exhibit floor. In addition to the talks, MSHS also has a children’s potting area, great books and garden bulbs for sale, and information on…

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Como Conservatory Winter Flower Show

Are you looking for a perfect escape from the cold, harsh Minnesota winter? Then the Como Park Conservatory Winter Flower Show is the place for you! The show runs through March 12 at the conservatory at 1225 Estabrook Drive in St. Paul. I visited recently on one of the colder days we’ve had in awhile.…

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Spring Garden Gala 2017!

Come on out and join us at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s fundraising event of the year! This year, we have a new venue and a new emcee, but the same over-the-top plant show, delicious food and fun prizes for northern gardeners. This year’s Spring Garden Gala will be held on Saturday, April 1 at…

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Minnesota Home and Patio Show Speakers

MSHS is happy to once again host the garden speakers at the Minnesota Home and Patio Show, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at the St. Paul River Center in downtown St. Paul. From beekeeping to urban gardening to peonies, we’ve got an exciting and informative list of speakers. After attending one of the…

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Fresh From the Garden: Hot Off the Press

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. Growing fresh, clean food. How hard can that be? Well, in USDA Zones 3 and 4, growing organic vegetables and berries sometimes feels like hoping for a series of miracles. In Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and…

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100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Review

With so much interest in helping bees and other pollinators, many gardeners are asking: So, what do I plant? While declines in pollinator populations are due to a variety of factors, including monocropping, pesticide use, loss of habitat, climate change and disease spikes in certain pollinators, gardeners can be part of the solution to the…

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