Like many Minnesotans, I’m feeling a bit glum today. It would have been the first day of the Minnesota State Fair, and for the past few years, that has meant it was time for my first volunteer shift in the hort society booth in the Horticulture Building. One of my jobs was telling visitors about…

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In a normal year, we would be busy now getting ready for the Minnesota State Fair—prepping for the MSHS Potted Plant Show, sorting T-shirts and garden accessories, lining up speakers for the stage in the Dirt Wing, preparing our state fair garden and getting ready to meet you at the fair. 2020 is not normal,…

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Have you had a chance to visit our Garden to Glass educational display at the Minnesota State Fair yet? We have lots of information about using herbs, vegetables and fruits in beverages: smoothies, cocktails, mocktails and more. Four special recipes were developed for us by Quincy Street Kitchen and you can get those when you…

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If your garden is overflowing with parsley and you love a green smoothie in the morning, we have an unusual option that is full of herby, green goodness. This is one of our Minnesota State Fair bonus recipes for the Garden to Glass educational display we have at the fair. We have four special recipes…

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“Garden to Glass” is the theme of the MSHS Minnesota State Fair educational display this year. We’ve been offering tips and four special beverage recipes developed just for us by the folks at Quincy Street Kitchen. The recipes incorporate herbs, fruits and vegetables into cocktails, mocktails and other drinks. In addition to the four recipes…

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MSHS has a new look to its display and several new features during the Minnesota State Fair. We hope you’ll visit us in the Dirt Wing of the Horticulture Building and check it out. Here’s What’s New: Garden to Glass. This year’s educational display is all about using the fruits, herbs, veggies and other good…

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Every plant has a story — some funny, some touching, some infuriating. In a recent issue of Northern Gardener, columnist Meleah Maynard wrote about her late mother-in-law’s beloved rabbit’s-foot fern and how its dry soil and wilting leaves were the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease encroaching on a lively personality. You can read a version…

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MSHS has long sold garden-themed T-shirts at the Minnesota State Fair, and they are always a big hit. This year, we have a new batch of fun T-shirts for all the gardeners in your life. Here are three pairs of options for special people in your gardening life. Of course, you can order any shirt…

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This year, we’re growing vegetables in containers for our educational display at the Minnesota State Fair. Even though the containers have been at the fair more than a week now, they still look good. This year’s display helps fairgoers see how easy it is to grow vegetables in containers and how productive those containers can…

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If you have visited MSHS at the Minnesota State Fair, you’ve been in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building, home to craft beer, University of Minnesota apples, floral displays galore and the room where the BIG vegetables are on display. I have to stop there every year to check out the massive pumpkins (this year’s big winner is…

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