Each year, Pantone, a company that categorizes colors for designers, selects a Color of the Year. The selection usually gets a lot of media attention and is a good hint as to what kinds of colors you will see for the summer clothing, home decor, drapes and sheets on sale in Target and other retailers.…

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During the recent Garden Bloggers Fling, I had an opportunity to watch Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard demonstrate how to make a bouquet using the flowers and foliage from typical gardens. Sarah runs a service in Toronto where she provides bouquets to homes and businesses every week during the growing season — sort of…

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  I had a chance over the weekend to travel to Toronto in Canada for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. This three-day event involves lots and lots of touring of great gardens. When you look at a lot of nice gardens in a short period of time you start to notice things, and here is…

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A nice glass of Marsala, anyone? Over the next year, you can expect to see more foliage and flowers boasting the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015, a wine red called Marsala. Pantone is a company that provides graphic designers, printers, and others with a systematic way to identify and label color tones. Each year,…

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A while back, we came across a handout from the forestry division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In a simple four-page fold-out, the DNR offers some great ideas for creating a healthy yard. (The handout is from a couple of years ago, but it’s still available online.) The stereotypical American yard with a…

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We are getting toward the end of the gardening season, but there is still time to re-do a bed or undertake another garden renewal project. If watered properly, trees, shrubs and perennials will thrive, even when planted in October. The September/October issue of Northern Gardener includes a great article from Martin Stern of Squire House…

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Last week, about 100 eager gardeners and supporters of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society descended on Marge Hols’ gorgeous St. Paul garden. The occasion was the Garden Gathering, a special garden tour for those who have donated $200 or more to MSHS. Previous gatherings have been at Heidi Heiland’s garden, Soni Forsman’s garden, Lynn Steiner’s…

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Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey 2014) by Canada-based blogger and garden writer Niki Jabbour is one of the best books for beginning (and experienced) food gardeners that I have seen in a long while. Subtitled 73 Plans that Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden, Jabbour’s book plumbs the ideas of dozens of garden designers,…

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One of the new plants on the “runway” during the 2014 Spring at the Inn event last week was a new magnolia from Bailey’s Nurseries in Newport. First Editions® Centennial Blush™ star magnolia has a lovely pinkish white, fragrant bloom. The plant is described as “rock solid’ for USDA Zone 4 gardens, which makes it…

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This past weekend, I was able to hear Northern Gardener columnist Eric Johnson talk about garden design and inexpensive, do-it-yourself projects that bring drama to the garden at a local horticulture day event. Eric’s talk was full of inventive, fun ideas, such as using marbles in a fence to create light and interest in the…

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