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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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‚Äôs Day wreaths, Thanksgiving centerpieces and Japanese kokedamas while enjoying a complimentary…

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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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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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Having recently purchased an older home in an urban neighborhood, I’m learning all about the value of growing up — not out. With tight space and lots of walls on the house, the detached garage, the fence between properties, it makes sense to grow plants vertically. Fortunately, there are lots of vertical gardening options, both…

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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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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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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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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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MSHS has hosted “Gardening Gals Get-Togethers” during the holiday season for several years and these are popular events where women enjoy wine, hors d’oeurves and a chance to get creative. This year, we’ll be holding a Gardening Gals Get-Together for fall, beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at MSHS, 2705 Lincoln Drive in Roseville.…

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