Garden Trends for 2016

It’s fun to see all the garden trends that marketers and other soothsayers are predicting. Another way to find out about what’s new in gardening is to see the kinds of presentations that are being made at garden shows and hort days around the state. You can get a sneak peak at many of the…

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Art in Bloom: Macy's Flower Show

Whether you are an art lover or a plant aficionado, the Macy’s Flower Show this year is well worth a visit. I am both a plant and art lover, so it was extra fun to see how the designers from Macy’s and Bachman’s (a partner in the event) matched the paintings chosen with plants. By…

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Garden Trend: Trees that Look Like Taylor Swift

‘Tis the season for horticulture days, spring flings and assorted other garden events. Saturday I had a chance to attend the District 7 Spring Fling, where Northern Gardener horticulture editor Debbie Lonnee discussed some of the new plants that will be introduced this year and over the next few years. (You can read Debbie’s picks…

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Garden Trends: Woody Plants in Containers

One of the garden trends we’re hearing about for 2014 is the greater use of woody plants — shrubs and trees — in containers. Using woody plants in containers offers greater choices to those with small or patio gardens. It also gives gardeners an opportunity to try plants that may be outside of our hardiness…

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Garden Trends, Beer and New Plants

Each winter, the Garden Media Group releases its trend report for the year ahead. These folks comb through all the market, economic and psychological research to figure out how consumers feel about their gardens and what they are doing with them. These trends often get translated into the kinds of products and plants you’ll see…

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Garden Trends Spotting at the Green Expo

The Northern Green Expo, sponsored each January by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, provides a sneak peak at what nurseries and garden centers will be offering come spring. The expo is an industry-event and includes dozens of educational talks (I was lucky to be able to sit in on two of those) as well…

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Color Your 2014 Garden Radiant Orchid

Each year, the color trend company Pantone names a color of the year. In 2013, it was Emerald; the year before, Tangerine Tango. For 2014, the color is a deep pinkish purple that the company calls Radiant Orchid. It’s a fun color and one that gardeners already see in many of their favorite plants. Earlier…

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Finding the Best Plants for the Midwest

Each year, dozens—maybe hundreds—of new plant varieties are introduced by breeders and plant wholesalers worldwide. It’s tough to figure out which are the best plants for the Midwest, especially when our climate is as challenging and changing as it has been recently. Fortunately, there are trial gardens, places where universities, botanical gardens, garden centers and…

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Does Your Garden Design Have a 'Big Move'?

I’ve been digging through my notes from the garden education days I attended this spring. These events are held all over the state and are wonderful sources of information and inspiration. Some of them include well-known speakers, such as Julie Moir Messervy, a garden design expert and author who spoke at the Carver-Scott Master Gardeners’…

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Garden Trend Report: Color and Vertical Gardening

A couple of days ago, I reported on how vegetable gardening continues to be a big trend. You’ll see it in garden centers in the form of garden boxes for planting, patio-sized plants and lots of articles on using edibles in an ornamental way. (Side note: Enough with the chard already! It’s great stuff, but…

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