Virtual Garden Tour: Zone Pushing in St. Paul

With so many garden tours canceled again in 2021, we’re offering a virtual garden tour of a fabulous garden featured in a recent article in Northern Gardener. Author Gail Brown Hudson is your guide to Marcus Phelps-Munson’s St. Paul garden, filled with tropical plants, striking foliage and spot-on design. Marcus is a California transplant to…

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Have You Tried Our Gardening Webinars?

This article on our MSHS gardening webinars originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. To help our members grow as gardeners, MSHS has been offering more digital classes than ever before. In fact, hundreds of new and experienced gardeners have taken advantage of our free and reduced price gardening webinars during the past…

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Spotlight: Landscape Design Basics Workshop

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. MSHS is collaborating with University of Minnesota Extension again to bring gardeners the workshop Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners. This comprehensive class focuses on the landscape process from site analysis (including soil sampling) to concept plans to site-specific plant selection. Hands-on labs during…

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Spotlight: MSHS and Bad Weather Brewery

This article by Lara Lau-Schommer originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Over the past year, the event center at Bad Weather Brewing Company has been the venue for five MSHS classes. Class attendees engaged in projects such as making Valentine’s Day wreaths, Thanksgiving centerpieces and Japanese kokedamas while enjoying a complimentary…

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Winter is the Best Time for Garden Planning

It looks like we are in a for a frigid weekend, which makes it a great time to look out the window and dream about next year’s garden. Whether you are laying out your vegetable beds or planning a major renovation with patios, paths and new trees, shrubs and perennials, a few basic steps make…

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Houseplant How-to: A Little TLC Goes a Long Way

Houseplants have so many benefits, especially for those of us living in northern climates. They reduce carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity in our dry winter homes, remove dust, and boost mood and overall health. Plus they are fun to care for and add vibrancy to any home, which is one reason so many millennials are…

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Seed Starting: When to Start What?

About this time of year, the itch to start seed starting hits. Those late winter snowstorms send gardeners into their basements to find their lights and flats and double check their stash of seeds to make sure they have all they want. Some gardeners can’t wait even this long, and for them there is winter…

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Gardening Gals Get-Together 2016

Each year, MSHS celebrates the season with a “girlfriends” event. It has proven so popular that this year we will have two nights of the Gardening Gals Get-Together. So, get some friends together and join us for this evening of crafty fun. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, or Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.…

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10 Tips for Holiday Decor

Over the years, I’ve had a chance to watch some incredible floral designers put together wreaths and containers for the holidays. Watching others is a great way to learn, which is why I highly recommend taking one of the classes at MSHS on holiday decor. (The Dec. 1 class is full, but MSHS is sponsoring…

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners Who Have Everything

Some folks are just harder to buy for than others: They have everything and often they don’t really want more. But, you still want to express how much they mean to you with a gift this holiday season. So, here are a few gift ideas for gardeners who have everything. A subscription to Northern Gardener!…

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