Member Spoltlight: New Gardeners

We love stories about our members passing on the love of gardening to young and new gardeners. This article originally appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. When Jesse and Jennifer Menden bought their first house in Buffalo, it did not have a garden. “It was a blank slate,” says Jesse. “We loved…

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Member Spotlight: A Giving Gardener

“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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Member Spotlight: Healing in the Garden

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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Member Spotlight: A Gardening Legacy

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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Spotlight on Heirloom Circle Gift from Marian Rohde

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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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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Spotlight: The Impact of Sustaining Donors

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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Spotlight: Bemidji Food Shelf Gardens

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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Spotlight: Kent Petterson

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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Spotlight on the State Fair Plant Show

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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