Learn from Garden Pros at The Dirt Stage

By Rick Juliusson, MSHS executive director As a child, the State Fair was always a jumble of food, rides, shows and baby animals—more an amusement park than an exhibition. But my older and wiser self appreciates the many opportunities to learn at the Minnesota State Fair. In addition to our popular educational displays, for several…

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We’re Back at the Minnesota State Fair!

The Minnesota State Fair is a go for 2021, and we’ll be back in our booth in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building with a fascinating educational display, deals on membership and lots of fun garden-themed merchandise. Here are the details you need to know: COVID Precautions First, let’s address the elephant in the grandstand. The pandemic continues,…

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Missing the State Fair? We Are, Too!

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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Bringing Minnesota State Fair Fun to You

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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Garden to Glass Bonus Recipe: Herbal Syrup

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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Garden to Glass Bonus Recipe: Green Smoothie

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 Bonus Recipe: Melon Mocktail

“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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What’s New at the Minnesota State Fair

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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We Want to Hear Your Plant Story

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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T-Shirts for Garden Lovers: Pre-sale!

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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