The November/December issue of Northern Gardener will be on newsstands Nov. 1, and its filled with solid information and holiday cheer.
The cover photo by Gail Brown Hudson reminds me of tinsel, even though its a picture of an astilbe from the Minneapolis garden of Tom Hoch and Mark Addicks. This lakeside gem of a garden surrounds the couple’s Victorian home not too farm from Lake of the Isle in Minneapolis. In addition to restoring the house and garden, Mark and Tom are active in their community as park stewards, organizing the planting and care of 10 pocket gardens in the area.
Here’s a takeaway tip from these expert gardeners: When you are first designing your garden, pick your color palette, then go to the farmers’ market or nursery each week during the season. Pick plants that are blooming in your palette and plant them—you’ll end up with a unified color scheme and something in bloom every week! Brilliant.
Holiday Containers, Root Cellars and More
Garden designer Martin Stern of Squire House Gardens in Afton gives tips on how to design a holiday container for your front porch. Follow his simple guides and suggestions for materials and you’ll end up with the prettiest container on the block. This issue of Northern Gardener also introduces readers to Meg Cowden, a blogger, Instagram superstar and committed food gardener. Meg’s article on how to organize a root cellar for months of fresh eating is required reading for anyone interested in getting the most from their vegetable garden.
Other articles in the issue include Susy Morris’ story on how and when to divide perennials (a very helpful chart is included!), Susannah Shmurak’s discussion of growing vegetables with plenty of protein and a profile of American yew by Twin Cities writer Janet Cass.
This issue also marks the final columns by Northern Natives columnist Lynn Steiner and By Design columnist Don Engebretson. They are each moving to new climates—Don to the southwest, Lynn to the northeast—and moving on to new phases of their lives and careers. We wish them well — and I cannot offer them enough thanks for all that I have learned from them over the years. Happily, we have found two writers to take over the columns and readers will meet them in our January/February issue.
As you put your garden to bed, take a break with this holiday issue of Northern Gardener.