Japanese Garden, Summer Bulbs, Shed DIY in New Northern Gardener

The July/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now and includes articles on a fabulous Japanese garden in St. Paul as well as recommendations of summer bulbs to plant and step-by-step instructions on how to build a shed of your own. It’s a fun issue and we hope you will love it.

cover with japanese garden line and bulb bloom

I had a chance to write the story on Jack and Linda Hoeschler’s amazing Japanese garden in St. Paul. The garden was originally designed by noted garden designer David Slawson and since has been modified by John Powell. It’s filled with stones and plants that combine a north woods feel with a Japanese aesthetic. Tracy Walsh took the photos for the story.

Eric Johnson, our How-to columnist, built a shed using shipping pallets for his summer garden home. He has sound advice for how to learn how to build a shed yourself and lots of encouragement for those who want to decorate their sheds to reflect their interests and personalities. Shed lovers, be sure to check this out.

Michelle Mero Riedel provided our cover photo from her article on essential summer bulbs for your garden. Michelle is a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in Washington County as well as a professional photographer, so she offers interesting and unusual suggestions that do well in our climate. The cover plant is a calla lily called ‘California Gold.’

Elsewhere in the issue you’ll find an article on insectary gardens by Rhonda Fleming Hayes, our Pollinators columnist and author of Pollinator Friendly Gardening, an article on growing white vegetables by Kitchen Garden columnist Samantha Johnson and a story about choosing edging for your garden by Diane McGann.

As always, the issue includes columns on native plants, design, new introductions and solutions to garden problems, as well as MSHS news and lists of community events and MSHS classes. If you aren’t a member or subscriber, you can find the magazine at many garden centers, Lunds and Byerly’s stores in the Twin Cities and Barnes and Noble bookstores.

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