The November/December 2021 issue of Northern Gardener has been delivered to most subscribers and will be on newsstands soon. This issue is filled with practical information and inspiration for gardeners from absolute beginners to veterans. I’ll admit it: This may be my favorite issue of the year.
Let’s start with the cover. The beautiful photo of Coral Knock Out roses is not a traditional holiday image, but it sure is festive. Garden photographer Tracy Walsh took the photo along with the other images in a beautiful story on rose lover Maggie Lofboom’s urban landscape. Maggie is young and relatively new to rose growing, but her enthusiasm and care is evident throughout her landscape. “There is a rose for everybody,” she says.
Regular contributor Gail Brown Hudson did a more personal story in this issue, describing how she redesigned her front entry garden. Gail started by taking the Landscape Design Basics course from the hort society last year. With information she gained from the course, she was able to re-think the walkways and hardscape on her property and then create new garden spaces. If you are looking for inspiration for a DIY project, check out this story.
Elsewhere in the issue, floral designer Jenn Hovland sings the praises of having a hobby greenhouse (even an unheated one) in the North, Susan Davis Price and photographer Travis Bonovsky encourage gardeners to plant for seed heads as well as blooms and Samantha Johnson offers a planting list for a Scandinavian-inspired vegetable garden.
We did not ignore the season either. This issue of Northern Gardener includes Eric Johnson’s advice for growing amaryllis indoors in winter and our Kitchen Garden column is filled with gift suggestions any gardener would enjoy. Magazines will be on newsstands about Nov. 1, or join MSHS to have this garden resource delivered to your door every other month.