Member Spotlight: A Giving Gardener

“Gardening has been part of my life since my grandmother had my sisters and I weeding in the heat and humidity on her farm among rows of green beans, carrots, cabbage and peppers that seemed miles long,” says Annette Roth, a Society level member of MSHS. “In summer, she would talk about how good the…

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Network Supports School Gardens

As there is a growing push to include more local and fresh fruits and vegetables in school lunches, school gardens have become much more common, including here in Minnesota and through the hort society’s Garden-in-a-Box program. However, schools struggle to secure funding and interest to keep gardens growing. The School Garden Support Organization Network (SGSO)…

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Thank You! Community Outreach Supporters

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. Our signature outreach programs, Minnesota Green and Garden in a Box, assist community gardeners and help children and underserved populations enjoy the benefits of gardening. We could not serve nearly as many people as we do without financial and in-kind support from many…

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Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. “This campaign you’ve got to expand your membership is an opportunity to pass on the joy of growing to the next generation of gardeners,” says Todd Sicard, a society member who was part of a team of Minnesota corporate volunteers sponsored by Hands…

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How to Support MSHS with Target Circle

Updated for summer/fall 2021 Next time you make a Target run you can support the hort society and gardening in Minnesota while picking up your shampoo and groceries. It’s easy using the Target Circle app on your phone, in store or online. Here’s how to do it: Join Target Circle Visit target.com/circle to join the…

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Let Us Put Your Community Garden on the Map

Do you participate in a community garden? It might be a garden club that cares for plantings around a community center or one that plants and waters hanging baskets in your downtown. Maybe yours is a garden that provides garden plots for folks who don’t have enough space to garden at their homes. Perhaps it’s…

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Meet Rick Juliusson

Rick Juliusson, the recently appointed MSHS executive director, brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and horticulture to his new role as leader of the 9,000-member society. Prior to joining MSHS, Rick was Head of School at Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul, which is best known to gardeners for its extensive plant…

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The Renegade Gardener Signs Off

This column by Don Engebretson appeared in the November-December Northern Gardener. We wish Don the best in his new adventures and thank him for his enlightening and entertaining columns over the years. Gardening and writing go hand in hand. Both are peaceful pursuits that gently coax creativity from the participant. Whether beginning a new garden…

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Farewell, Friends

This essay by Lynn Steiner originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. A former editor of Northern Gardener, Lynn was the Northern Natives columnist since 2004. All of us at MSHS wish Lynn the very best in her new adventures. My husband and I are getting ready to move from Minnesota to…

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Welcome to the New MSHS Executive Director!

MSHS has hired Gretchen Ambrosier as its new executive director. She replaces CEO Rose Eggert, who retired in August, but will continue to assist MSHS during the transition. Gretchen is a 1998 graduate of the University of Minnesota and a 2003 graduate of St. Mary’s University. She is an avid Golden Gopher and has spent…

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