Freddie the Gardener: MSHS Legend

This article appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener, the fifth in a series of profiles of individuals who have influenced MSHS over its 150 year history. Perhaps you remember him as “Freddie the Gardener,” hosting the Home and Garden Show on KSTP talk radio. Maybe you went with a parent to the Minneapolis…

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Legends of MSHS: W.H. Alderman

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. It is one in a series of profiles of important figures in the Minnesota State Horticulture Society’s 150 year history. William Horace Alderman had a gift for cultivation. During his tenure as the head of the University of Minnesota’s horticulture department (1919–1953), the department…

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Legends of MSHS: John S. Harris

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. The “father of the orchardists” and “godfather” of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, John S. Harris (1826-1901) left a sweet and juicy legacy. Harris grew up on a farm in Ohio where he began his own small nursery at age 11. After serving…

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