Food and Flowers Grow in Fairgrounds Garden

A small plot packed with food and flowers grows in the heart of the Mower County Fairgrounds in Austin. The fairgrounds garden is called the Mower County Master Gardeners’ Teaching and Donation Garden and it benefits from both MSHS community outreach programs: Garden-in-a-Box since 2019 and Minnesota Green in 2021. In coordination with the University…

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Minnesota Green Profile: The Open Door Pantry

The Open Door, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, is working hard to eradicate hunger in Dakota County. Its Garden to Table program is a participant in Minnesota Green and just celebrated its 11th growing season. It is a shining example of successfully pivoting and coming through for the community during a pandemic. Garden to Table…

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Spotlight: Como-Rice Garden Partnership

Over the past year, MSHS has been helping create connection through gardening at the intersection of Como and Rice streets in St. Paul through our Minnesota Green program. At the Como-Rice intersection, MSHS, the City of St. Paul, the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), Clear Channel, Hmongtown Market and the Junior League of…

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Minnesota Green and The Sheridan Story

This article by Courtney Tschida originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Our 2020 Minnesota Green sign-ups and seed pick-ups are well under way—with a few accommodations to keep everything at a distance. More than 60 community, school, church and public gardens have already joined the program this year! Among our Minnesota…

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Minnesota Green and Peace Lutheran Church

This article by Becky Grefthen originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Since 2016, Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids has been a member of the MSHS Minnesota Green program. This has enabled the church’s garden committee to improve and add new plant material to the perennial beds located throughout the 3-plus…

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SLP Seeds Plants Seeds for Urban Farming

This article by Maria Brosofske originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. SLP Seeds founder Julie Rappaport began planting the seeds for educational urban farming and community food equity in St. Louis Park more than seven years ago. As part of its mission, SLP Seeds manages eight community gardening sites including gardens at…

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The Donation Garden and Minnesota Green

Since 2011, the Donation Garden in Long Lake has planted, harvested and delivered fresh vegetables to local food shelves. Growing vegetables on a little less than a tenth of an acre, the garden yielded more than 2,700 pounds of produce last year, and 100 percent was donated to people in need. Janie Delaney is the…

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Munsinger and Clemens Gardens: Minnesota Green Partners

Munsinger and Clemens Gardens, a free public garden located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, attracts more than 350,000 visitors every year. The park consists of two distinct but adjacent gardens. Munsinger and Clemens Gardens feature a variety of landscapes and northern-hardy plants. Munsinger Gardens began in the 1930s as a…

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Gardens at the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota

This article by Brenda Harivieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. The Episcopal Homes of Minnesota in St. Paul has a long history of caring for older adults and offers several care levels and services. With a large campus in the city, gardens are important to the residents. “There’s no green…

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A Garden Trend We Love

It’s that time of year when garden prognosticators are laying out the trends they see on the horizon. The garden trend list from Garden Design, a magazine website for high end gardeners, seems on-track with the trends we see in northern gardens here. Things like finding ways to keep landscapes lower maintenance, incorporating food-growing in…

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