Our educational booth at the Minnesota State Fair is aimed at teaching fair-goers more about pollinators and their important role in our food system. There are a variety of factors in the decline of pollinators — habitat loss, diseases and parasites, pesticide use, climate change — it’s a long list. But gardeners can help pollinators…

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The MSHS booth at the Minnesota State Fair is a popular place to buy garden gifts for others or yourself. The booth features lots of books and fun garden T-shirts, but also gloves, a few garden tools and lots of artwork to display in your garden. I checked in with the staff at the booth…

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This year, MSHS is working with Save Our Monarchs to provide free milkweed seeds to up to 650 fairgoers. If you are not familiar with Save Our Monarchs, it is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization of gardeners who are concerned about monarch butterflies. Destruction of habitat and other factors have led to a dramatic decline in…

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One of the top issues with gardeners these days is the plight of pollinators — bees, other insects and butterflies. If you have gardened for any length of time, you cannot help but notice that pollinator numbers are down. Protecting pollinators has become a big issue with many gardeners. This year, the theme of the…

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The Minnesota State Fair can be a hot, dusty and crowded place, but there are places of refuge. One of them is the MSHS State Fair Garden, which is at the corner of Underwood and Judson in the southeast end of the fairgrounds. The garden is designed to show how lush a Minnesota garden can…

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The Minnesota State Fair doesn’t open until tomorrow, but we’re getting everything ready to go for what is possibly the busiest two weeks of the year for the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. Here’s what we have going: Our Booth near THE DIRT stage in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building offers members a chance to renew their membership.…

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Another MSHS State Fair Plant Show is history. First, thank you to all those who participated and those who volunteered to help. Second, congratulations to Grand Champion, Mary Brickzen Gale from Goodhue, Minn. A member of the Goodhue County Horticultural Society, Mary won for her plant collection. Here are images of some of the Blue…

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Be sure to visit the MSHS display garden at the Minnesota State Fair, which opens Thursday. We will have our educational and retail booths in the Horticulture Building and our display garden right out front near the corner of Underwood and Judson Avenue. This gorgeous late summer garden features native plants as well as nonnative,…

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The day before the Minnesota State Fair opens—that’s Wednesday, Aug. 21 this year—the Horticulture Building will be filled with houseplants, patio plants, succulents, container gardens filled with flowers and vegetables and much more as hopeful entrants bring their best plants in for the MSHS State Fair Plant Show. The variety of plants is amazing and…

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