Ode to Fathers in the Garden

Rick and son in the garden

Here’s to fathers who garden. To dads who get their hands dirty. To papas with patience for impatiens. To old farmers who can taste the soil to know what it needs, and young parents who eagerly identify native grasses with their phone app. We are changing the world and changing ourselves. We are teaching our…

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A Seasonal Schedule for Northern Gardener Magazine

“Northern Gardener is here!”  My wife and I, together with our 17,000+ readers, eagerly await each bold splash of color, expertise and inspiration in our mailboxes.  In 2023, Northern Gardener will shift to four print publications plus one shorter online supplement. This is based on feedback from member surveys, researching other publications and extensive analysis.…

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10 Ways to Celebrate National Gardening Month

April is National Gardening Month, and while we don’t mark too many of these big days, weeks and months (hard pass on Squirrel Appreciation Day), this one is worth noting. For northern gardeners, who can finally see the growing season heading our way, April is always a month to celebrate. Here are 10 ways to…

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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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