Did you ever read the children’s book about the city mouse and the country mouse? I loved reading it to my kids when they were young and thought about it again as I was editing the latest issue of Northern Gardener. In this fall issue, we have articles about city gardens and country gardens, and while they are very different, each has a wonderful appeal.
Our city gardens include two compact and comfortable gardens in Minneapolis. Each includes spaces for the owners to relax and entertain and plants that add shade, noise reduction and personality to the spaces. We call them “tiny and terrific,” and Meleah Maynard and Tracy Walsh introduce readers to the gardeners behind these spaces.
Our country garden is located north of Faribault, Minn., where gardener Cathy Hoban has filled a large space with country charm and plants that pollinators love. Last year, I had a chance to visit with Cathy on her barn’s porch while swarms of hummingbirds visited the nearby bed filled with annuals and perennials. Check out the story by Ariel Emery Butler and admire her cover photo of one of the hummingbirds.
Elsewhere in this issue, we have articles on native asters that provide color for gardeners and food and shelter for pollinators, trees to plant now for our future climate and ways to deal with all the larger pests that bother our gardens. We also have an article on what we call the “Booze Bower,” a garden trellis that features hops for brewing and grapes for winemaking. Jennifer Rensenbrink tells readers how she planted the trellis and its many benefits.
Our wonderful columnists cover seasonal topics such as designing with foliage and choosing and planting spring bulbs as well as growing and eating kohlrabi and the pros and cons of butterfly bush. It’s a great issue and you’ll find it on the newsstands at Lunds and Byerlys stores, Barnes and Noble, and garden centers that are members of our Discount Partner program.