Garden Accessories: Tips from Tours

The garden tour season here in Minnesota is winding down, and I’ve probably seen about 40 gardens over the past month or so. One thing I notice in many of these lovely gardens is the use of garden accessories, everything from perfectly placed containers and art to those humorous touches hiding between the plants. Accessories…

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Tips from Tours: Add Water and Sound

Last of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Paths Make the Garden Exciting

Fourth of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Take a Seat in the Front Yard

Third of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Orange Annuals Add Oomph!

Second of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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Tips from Tours: Use Containers as Art

First of five posts. It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes…

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How to Get the Most from a Garden Tour

July is the big month for garden tours, and Minnesota is blessed to have dozens of them every year. Because I edit Northern Gardener, I attend between 10 and 12 tours every summer. All those days spent walking around other people’s gardens has given me some insight into how to get the most from a garden tour.…

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More Garden Tour Ideas

Garden tour season continues this weekend—I’ll be attending the Tangletown Garden Tour, which is a favorite among Twin Cities gardeners—but I’m still sorting through all the ideas from the other tours I have been on. Here are three more garden tour ideas worth stealing. DIY Plant Cages Why buy cloches and other cages to cover…

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Best Tips from Minnesota Garden Tours

It’s that time of the year when garden clubs, Master Gardener groups and other organizations are hosting garden tours. I’ve been on five garden tours already this year, and have several more yet to come, and always learn something new. Here are a few of the best tips I’ve seen on local garden tours so…

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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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