March/April Northern Gardener Available Now

The March/April 2018 issue of Northern Gardener should be on newsstands today, and it’s a terrific issue to jump start your spring gardening.

On the cover is a photo from the garden of Michelle Mero Riedel, a Master Gardener, regular contributor to the magazine and a wonderful photographer. Michelle’s garden is, as the story says, “picture perfect,” with a variety of vignettes, perfectly cared for plants, creative uses of containers and a setting that blends beautifully with the garden. Diane McGann describes the garden and how Michelle created it and Michelle provided the photos.

Betty Ann Addison returns to the pages of Northern Gardener with one of her favorite topics—rock gardening. A rock garden designer and experienced plantswoman, Betty Ann takes readers through all the steps of siting, designing and building a rock garden. She also recommends some of the best plants for rock gardens in sun and shade.

Elsewhere in the issue, we offer a plethora of practical tips and ideas for your 2018 garden year. Susy Morris explains how she keeps her weeding down to just an hour or two a month. Samantha Johnson recommends five open-pollinated carrot varieties worth a try and Gail Brown Hudson sings the praises of arugula and other greens in the garden and the kitchen. As Gail notes, it’s “better than kale.”

Nancy Leasman introduces readers to a container gardening technique that has taken western Minnesota by storm—bucket gardening. Nancy interviewed Ken Hovet of Browersville, MN, who first popularized the technique, which involves 5-gallon pails, aquatic nets and rain gutters. You’ll have to read Nancy’s story to get the details on how it works.

Of course, the magazine includes all our usual columnists, MSHS classes and listings for many hort days and garden events in Minnesota. MSHS members will also receive a list of the MSHS Discount Partners on a special cover wrap on this issue. Many of these nurseries, garden centers and shops offer great discounts for MSHS members.

Be sure to check this issue out!



  1. Sheila Murphy on March 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I was happy to see a link to the MSHS Discount Partners – we lost our cover wrap – but sad to find it’s the 2017 version. Will you be adding the 2018 list to the site soon?

    • Mary Lahr Schier on March 25, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      If you look under the “Discounts” tab on the MSHS website, you will find the 2018 list. We’ll correct the blog entry ASAP. Thanks for letting us know!

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