“I am blessed to have everything I need, so supporting the society is my way of passing on my good fortune,” says Susan Peterson, MSHS member. Susan understands communities in need. After retiring from teaching for 42 years in 2011, she returned as a substitute teacher for the Anoka-Hennepin School System, the state’s largest. “I…

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This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. “Gardening this year was an outlet for me for the what ifs,” says Jordyn Meskan, who was diagnosed with cancer around Christmas of 2019. “It’s been a healing place.” Jordyn grew up gardening, learning from her parents and her aunt, MSHS…

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This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. “I grew up in a greenhouse,” says new MSHS member, Max Twum. “My mom used to wheel me around in a utility cart when she was working as a horticulturist at the University of Minnesota’s Bio Sciences facility.” Max’s mom…

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This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Marian Rohde gardened in the north Minneapolis home she grew up in until she was 93 years old. “She was very down to earth and attuned to the seasons,” says her longtime care companion, Wendy Ivins. “I once came home…

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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’s Day wreaths, Thanksgiving centerpieces and Japanese kokedamas while enjoying a complimentary…

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This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. For more information about becoming a sustaining member of MSHS, contact Diane at dianed@northerngardener.org or see our gift webpage. MSHS supporter, Tami Gallagher, describes herself as an “organized to the core gardener.” Tami’s business, Home Sown Gardens, provides gardening…

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This article originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. In 2013, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) needed more fresh fruits and vegetables for its clients, so supporters took matters into their own hands. In collaboration with community partners, they started a farm with three goals: Provide high quality, fresh produce for…

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This article originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Kent Petterson, owner of Terrace Horticultural Books, shows his support for MSHS in many ways. He’s a lifetime member, a longtime donor, a 150th anniversary sponsor, and Terrace Books is also an MSHS discount card partner. Terrace is the largest seller of books,…

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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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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Northern Gardener. The Twin Cities Corporate Giving Garden Network’s mission is to provide access to healthy food to feed hungry Minnesotans through a partnership of corporations with giving gardens in the Twin Cities area. Susan Schuster, senior community relations consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield…

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