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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A Garden Gift for Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day not too far in the future, why not give a garden gift to the plant lover in your life — one that won’t fade in a week or so. It’s too cold for plants and still a bit early to start seeds, but tickets to the MSHS Garden Gala would be a…

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Sara Manning: Minnesota Garden Pioneer

This article originally appeared in Northern Gardener as part of the MSHS 150th Anniversary celebration.  Sara Manning, 1853-1900 Born into the New England elite, Sara Manning left her horticultural legacy in what was then the somewhat wild west of Minnesota. Despite the cultural constraints on women during her time, by the time she was 30…

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MSHS is 150! A Big Year Ahead

2016 is a big year for MSHS! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, and we will be celebrating all year long. Minnesota had been a state less than 10 years in 1866 when fruit growers from around the state met at the Minnesota State Fair, held…

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