Garden TV for Prairie Gardeners

Minnesota gardeners are a fortunate lot. In addition to our own Northern Gardener magazine, which offers zone-specific gardening information, we also have a couple of TV shows that provide garden information and insight just for the North. Many of us are familiar with Grow with KARE, featuring Bobby Jensen and Belinda Jensen, which runs each…

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U of Minnesota Bee Squad

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. At the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, pollinator bees are studied to better understand their role in the environment and to promote their health. The Bee Lab’s community outreach program is the Bee Squad, which helps beekeepers and the community foster healthy bee populations…

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Plant Profile: Liatris

If you are searching for a beautifully colored and easy-to-grow perennial to add to your garden, Liatris is the plant for you. Liatris plants have two common names, Blazing Star and Gayfeather. These perennials are native to prairies in the United States. In the late summer, liatris produce striking 1- to 5-foot tall, bottlebrush-like spikes…

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What's Blooming? Purple Prairie Plants

August is the season when prairie plants, including the many pretty purple prairie plants, bloom. We’ve seen purple prairie clovers, Joe Pye weed, anise hyssop and lots of purple coneflowers in bloom this past week. Prairie plants are wonderful for attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. What prairie plants are blooming in your garden?

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