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MSHS at the Minnesota State Fair

Garden Tools We Recommend

Some garden tools are real keepers — they fit great in your hand and perform the task you want them to perform perfectly. This year at the Minnesota State Fair, our MSHS booth includes three garden tools for sale that we recommend. Betty Ann Addison, author, lecturer, photographer and owner of the Gardens of Rice…

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Bring Your Instagram-Worthy Potted Plants to the Fair!

You’ve seen them on Instagram: fabulous topiary or kokedama, lush patio pots, succulents or houseplants on steroids. Maybe you’re a container gardener with potted plants that should be on Instagram? (Or already are!) For a real-life plant experience, consider entering your favorites in the MSHS State Fair Potted Plant Show, which runs the first two…

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Pepper Passion at the Minnesota State Fair

Let’s start with a few facts about peppers: The second bite of a hot pepper is typically hotter than the first. Most of the heat in hot peppers is in the seeds and the flesh near them. Once that hits your tongue, wow! The heat is on. Chile peppers have more Vitamin C than oranges…

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MSHS Membership Deals at State Fair

It’s a beautiful day to go to the MInnesota State Fair and, boy, do we have deals for folks wanting to sign up for MSHS membership. In addition to $5 off, our usual bag of goodies and a free aster plant for those signing up for a two-year membership, we have daily drawings planned with…

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Plant Profile: Digiplexis

The newly created Digiplexis is a bright and beautiful intergeneric cross between digitalis (foxglove) and isoplexis, its cousin from the Canary Islands. Digiplexis is treated as an annual in Minnesota and will bloom until frost. You can see a lovely example of it at the MSHS display garden at the Minnesota State Fair this week.…

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Best Books for New Gardeners

On Saturday, I gave a short talk at The Common Table at the Minnesota State Fair on the Best Books for New Gardeners. Common Table is a network of designers and food people who have come together to promote local food. One of their six principles is to nurture the soil and another is to…

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MSHS State Fair Volunteers Have More Fun!

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. “I love volunteering for MSHS all year, but I absolutely love the Minnesota State Fair—combining the two is heaven for me,” says MSHS volunteer Kris Solberg, who leads an international team of writers for Intel Security and “got the gardening bug” from her father…

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Spotlight on the State Fair Plant Show

Have you ever considered entering the Minnesota State Fair plant show sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society? It’s a fun event and a great way to share your gardening efforts with fellow enthusiasts. Here’s the story of one family and how the State Fair plant show has become a family tradition: “About 15 years…

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Thank You, Minnesota State Fair Volunteers!

As we head into the last day of the fair, we’d like to give a shout-out to our fantastic Minnesota State Fair volunteers. We could not have the presence we have at the fair without the assistance of dozens of volunteers who sell merchandise, help people sign up for membership, answer questions at our special…

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Garden Learning at the Minnesota State Fair

There’s a lot to learn at the Minnesota State Fair — and not just about how many foods can be deep-fried! The Agriculture/Horticulture building where the MSHS booth is located is filled with interesting places to stop and learn. The crop art show is amazing! The U of M Master Gardeners are there to answer…

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