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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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Hot Off the Press: Potted and Pruned

This review by Julie Jensen originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. If you’re not interested in yet another technique for making “black gold” or killing off buckthorn but want to spend a few minutes thinking about gardening, reach for Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (Gardenvangelist Books, 2017). Carol…

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Stevens Square Community Garden

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. In Minneapolis, the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) manages the North and South LaSalle Community Gardens, which were started in 1997 and surround The Coyle apartment building at 1801 LaSalle Avenue. “Most of the plants we receive from Minnesota Green are…

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Thank You, Hennepin Tech Volunteers!

This article by Brenda Harvieux will appear in the September/October 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. You can view the garden on the southwest corner of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building at the Minnesota State Fair. The Hennepin Technical College Landscape Horticulture Department has long supported MSHS’ Minnesota Green program through plant donations after its spring plant sale.…

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Thank you, Rose!

Rose Eggert, long time CEO of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society, will be retiring this summer. This profile of Rose originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. Rose Eggert grew up in the garden. As a child in Willow River in northern Minnesota, she walked down the hill everyday to her grandparents’…

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Northern Gardener Earns Two Awards from Garden Writers Group

Two articles from 2017 issues of Northern Gardener magazine won Silver Awards in the annual media awards sponsored by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, the premier professional group for garden writers, photographers and other communicators. Diane McGann’s article “Walks to Remember” from the May/June 2017 issue and Mary Lahr Schier’s story “Pick Your Own,”…

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Favorite Container Combos

The traditional advice about ornamental containers is you need a thriller, a filler and a spiller. So you should look for a plant that’s tall — a spiky grass, for instance. Then, combine it with something full — maybe a huechera for shade or a coleus or begonia — and then a spiller, such as…

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Newport on the Move Community Garden

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. Last year, the Newport on the Move Community Garden had to, well, move when the city wanted to re-purpose the land. The city helped find a new site at Fourth Avenue and 15th Street. “We chose that site because it…

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