A Tribute by Mary H. Meyer, MSHS Board Chair and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
Mary Schier, long time editor of Northern Gardener, has a pulse on gardening in the North!
Mary is retiring in June after 17 years as editor of Northern Gardener. Her editorial leadership, timely articles and inspiration will be missed by many gardeners in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. As an editor, she has kept a close eye on the content and seasonality of articles in each issue as well as the total issues in a given year. When I discussed with her an article on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Hedge Collection, (55 years old in 2022), she loved the idea, but said, “Oh my, I do have other articles I am now editing on shrubs…. we cannot do a whole issue on just shrubs…I will have to sort out when to add this one in.” How and which tropical foliage and fruits can we grow in Minnesota? Mary has sought out growing citrus in Minnesota! And when she travels, we can expect a garden close up from Florida, or perhaps Sweden.
In addition to horticulture, Mary is, in my view, an historian who has added much to our horticultural history in her award winning 2017 book The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias and in several articles on the history of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society published in Northern Gardener. I love reading about the early apple breeders and the plants that were popular over 100 years ago. All this year, 2022, we can see insights to horticultural history in the 150 horticultural tips that Mary is sharing in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of MSHS publishing garden information.
If you have not already subscribed to Mary’s blog, you are in for a treat with timely information for northern gardeners. In seeing countless images on her Instagram or Facebook accounts, I often say, “Gee, why didn’t I think of that?” as we all enjoy Mary’s timely, insightful and lovely images.
We will miss you Mary Schier! And we wish you many long and happy days of gardening in your next phase of life.