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Spotlight: Koehler & Dramm

This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. MSHS and Koehler and Dramm’s Institute of Floristry value their shared history of inspiring beautiful creations with plants. So, when MSHS was looking for a sponsor for the popular Make and Take class series in 2019, Koehler and Dramm was the…

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Healing with Gardens at Merritt House

In Virginia, Minnesota, is a place of healing known as Merritt House. A part of Range Mental Health Center, it offers intensive residential treatment to those who need a more restrictive living situation. The program at Merritt House is designed to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency and skills to live…

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Help Us Harvest a Challenge Grant

This October, a longtime supporter and member of MSHS has challenged us to raise up to $5,000 to support the society and its work connecting young people to gardening and food security. Your donations, which will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 in this challenge grant, drive valuable MSHS programs that bring plants,…

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Your Garden Can Be Wild and Neat

Claudia West might be considered a garden revolutionary. With co-author Thomas Rainier, West argues in Planting in a Post Wild World (Timber Press, 2015) that trying to re-create nature precisely in our backyards is a futile endeavor. Instead gardeners who also care about the environment should design gardens filled with plant communities that enhance each…

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Book Review: Emma Bee

During the Minnesota State Fair, Duluth author Pamela Fish Carlson visited our booth and signed copies of her new children’s book, Emma Bee (Beaver Pond Press, 2019). Pam and her book were a big hit with fairgoers, especially those with children in their lives. Emma Bee is the story of a young honeybee, heading out…

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25 Garden Instagrammers We Love

Are you on Instagram? It’s the nicer social media, filled with pictures of delicious food, cute dogs and cats and lots and lots of plants. There are so many great gardeners on Instagram that we know we’ll miss a few. But here are 25 garden Instagrammers—mostly from the North— that we love. Tell us who…

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Show Off Your Plants at the State Fair

With all the rain we’ve had this year, there are some really good-looking containers in people’s gardens. Or, maybe you have an indoor plant you have been nurturing for years. Or a succulent tray or other unusual plant you are especially proud of. It’s time to show off your plant beauties at the MSHS Potted…

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Plant Profile: Phlox

Phlox are among the most adaptable perennials for northern gardens. Garden phlox stand tall while creeping phlox spreads along the ground. Some bloom pink or near blue, while others are bright white. One type of phlox is a sign of spring, while others hold out until summer to bloom. Most phlox are native to North…

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Spring Garden Classes: Inspiration Galore

Despite the threat of another snowstorm (blizzard???) this week, April is the time to get excited about the garden year ahead. And, we have a particularly inspiring group of classes and webinars on tap over the next couple of weeks. Whether your interest is container gardening or garden photography, we’ve got a class to enjoy.…

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When Can We Get in the Spring Garden?

This is the time of year when Extension Service employees and garden center workers have a mantra: Stay off the grass. Stay out of the garden! It takes a long time for soil that has been as frozen as ours was this year to thaw out, dry out and be ready to handle the pressure…

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