The latest issue of Northern Gardener has been on newsstands for a couple of weeks now. If you have not picked up the issue yet (or subscribed!), please check it out. This issue is full of ideas to help you plan and plant your garden in 2017. Reading about gardening is the best cure we…

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For MSHS, 2016 was destined to be an exciting year. The organization celebrated its 150th anniversary with several wonderful events that highlighted both its history and its vibrancy today. The year began with a fantastic Spring Garden Gala at Vadnais Heights Commons. The events were sold out and gardeners not only got a peek at…

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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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Now that Pantone has named its Color of the Year, and it’s green, it’s no surprise that gardening is on the cutting edge of many trends today. Each year, the Garden Media Group, a PR firm serving the horticulture industry, unveils the trends it is spotting for the year ahead. Based on new items I’m…

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This is the last of our Legends of MSHS feature, which ran in Northern Gardener during 2016, our 150th anniversary year. In 1908, just a year after MSHS had persuaded the University of Minnesota to add a fruit breeding and testing farm to its horticulture department, Leon C. Snyder was born. How fitting that the…

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This column was originally printed in the November/December 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. It was part of our series on Heritage Plants. By Beth Probst The debate over whether to display a real or an artificial Christmas tree dates back to the 1930s. That was when a toilet brush manufacturer—Addis Brush Company—discovered it could create…

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Join us this Saturday for a festive holiday open house where you can learn how to create a gorgeous holiday container as well as shop for gifts for all the gardeners on your list. The annual MSHS Holiday Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at our offices…

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The November/December issue of Northern Gardener includes a great list of suggestions for holiday gifts that gardeners can give — especially if the recipient is a fellow gardener. Here are a three of my favorites from the suggestions: A Gift of Brains or Brawn. Whether your garden needs a tweak, a reboot or you are…

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What an honor it was for MSHS and its staff to receive the 10th Annual Award from Terrace Horticultural Books at Terrace’s annual Fall Open House Nov. 12. The award is given annually by Kent Petterson, owner of Terrace Horticultural Books, to an individual or organization for their outstanding contributions to horticulture in our area.…

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Each year, MSHS celebrates the season with a “girlfriends” event. It has proven so popular that this year we will have two nights of the Gardening Gals Get-Together. So, get some friends together and join us for this evening of crafty fun. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, or Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.…

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