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Minnesota State Horticultural Society
Northern Gardener Enews
Serving northern gardeners through education, encouragement and community
September 2015
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Contact Tom McKusick:
651-643-3601 ext. 205
Uff-Da! The State Fair
It was a fun/beautiful/tiring/hot & sweaty/crazy/deep-fried/on-a-stick sorta Great Minnesota Get Together at the State Fair, and MSHS staff survived - though not without the usual feet and back aches, social exhaustion, and anxiety over what work has piled up at the office. It really was a good fair, dontcha know: we did well selling memberships and merchandise, and people loved talking to us about tomatoes in our educational display, taking pictures with Mr. Tomato Guy, and asking where the bathrooms and giant pumpkins were. New lights were installed in "The Dirt" wing, making us more visible to people wandering through the Ag./Hort. Building. Also, I got a free hotdish-on-a-stick one night after my shift. At least when you work at the fair, you can spread out your Fair Food Consumption (FFC) over several days. Now on to fall!

Brenda Harvieux
Editorial & Marketing Coordinator
What to Do in the Garden Now
  • Chrysanthemum 'Stacy'Plant frost tolerant annuals such as pansies, mums and ornamental kale.
  • Move any plants that spend their winters inside; you may want to quarantine them before introducing them to your other houseplants to prevent pests from spreading. 
  • Start fall clean up. Remove all diseased and insect infected plant material.
  • Dig up your tender bulbs and tubers well before the  Lettuce - Burpeethreat of frost. Cure (put in a warm, dry place out of direct light) and store.
  • Add frost tolerant vegetable plants to the garden: lettuce and greens grow well.
  • Pot or take cuttings of your herbs for an indoor winter herb garden.
  • Plant garlic for next season.
  • Leave ferny asparagus leaves and stems for the winter; they help capture snow to insulate the plant's roots for winter.
  • Early to mid September is the best time to plant grass seed. Also, save yourself some raking time by shredding fallen leaves with your lawn mower and leaving them on the lawn - as long as you can still see the grass, it will actually benefit your lawn by adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil.
  • Evaluate this year's garden. What was working? What wasn't? Create a wish list for next year's garden while this year's is still fresh in your mind.
  • Early fall is a good time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs. Remember to have utilities marked before you dig-call Gopher State One Call 1-800-252-1166.
  • Keep watering your trees until there's a hard frost.
Fall Garden Care Class 
Join us for a special class in Rochester.

Fall Garden Care - How to Winterize Your Garden
Thursday, October 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Family Tree Landscape Nursery, 2580 75th Street NE, Rochester.
Fall is the time to give your plants some tender loving care to help them survive winter. Know how to properly winterize the garden not only helps plants survive a Minnesota winter, it's an important step in ensuring colorful flowers in the spring. Megan Magee will share ideas on your fall clean-up - what to remove, what to divide and which plants need protection - and when.
$10 members and nonmembers. Registration deadline: Oct. 7.
Click here to register or call 651-643-3601 / 1-800-676-6747. 
MSHS State Fair Volunteers are Awesome Mr. Tomato Guy  

"Thumbs up" from Mr. Tomato Guy to our hard-working and dedicated volunteers who helped MSHS at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. Thank you!

What does volunteering for MSHS at the fair entail, you ask?

Organize, set up and staff the MSHS plant show; plant and maintain our display garden; fold t-shirts, climb ladders and haul crates; help customers with our merchandise; recruit new members and assist current members with their renewals; and educate fair-goers about the benefits of gardening in our education display.
State Fair logo

Diane Duvall
Volunteer Coordinator
651-643-3601 ext. 208
Ways to Support MSHS 
Donors at the $150 level and above who make their gift by October 31, 2016 will receive a signed, limited edition botanic print by local artist Mark Granlund in honor of MSHS' 150th anniversary. It's a special thank you for your generous support.
Ways to support to MSHS:
  • Become an auto-donor - monthly auto-donations of only $5 or $10 provide important support.
  • Employer matching grants.Donate Now Button 
  • Renew at the Haralson, Ginkgo or Juniper level.
  • Add a donation in any amount to your renewal.
  • Make a gift of $150 honoring MSHS' 150 years of growing gardeners through our fall appeal arriving in your mailboxes in November.
  • Join us for our Spring Garden Gala (formally Spring at the Inn) on April 1, 2016.  Reservations open in December.
Diane Duvall
Development Coordinator
651-643-3601 ext. 208 
Membership: Renewals and Gifts   

Is it renewal time?
It is if your expiration date is October 31, 2015 or earlier. Renew by October 8th so you don't miss the November/December edition of Northern Gardener magazine.
Garden club members:
It's definitely time to renew. Submit your payment to your club - the forms and payments are due from your club's officers to MSHS by November 4, 2015. Call us if you won't be rejoining your garden club, and we'll help you with your renewal.
MSHS: Celebrating 150 Years in 2016
Help MSHS grow by helping someone become a better gardener - give a new gift membership today!
Share your passion for gardening and save $5.00. Utilize the special gift insert in your magazine, give online and enter promo code "GIFT15" at checkout or give us a call.

Plus, we'll add two free months onto your membership or subscription.
Lisa Williams Hardman
Membership Services Manager 
651-643-3601 ext. 204 
Click to view the digital edition.
The September/October Issue of
Northern Gardener Magazine is Now Available
Family Gardens: We introduce you to two wonderful family gardens: twin sisters in Anoka have gardened together for decades, and a busy young couple raises children, chickens, rabbits, dogs and lots and lots of plants in Northeast Minneapolis.

Tomato Mania: What is it about growing tomatoes that thrills so many northern gardeners? Our publisher and resident tomato expert explains.

Beautiful Bouquets: We have lots of tips for growing a cutting garden. Plus, floral designer Ardith Beveridge shows us how to design arrangements using fall flowers.

Plant Profile: Spicebush
Columns on design, plant health and more 
Educational Programs
Grow your green thumb with MSHS classes.

Check out our line-up of educational programs:
Judging and Exhibiting School #3: Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Judging and Exhibiting School Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 26, noon to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 1, 5 to 6 p.m.

Gardener - Know Your Soil
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Register online or call 651-643-3601 / 1-800-676-6747.

Travel Tour - Alaska
July 19 to August 1, 2016 
Hosted by C. Colston Burrell

Enjoy the best of wild Alaska, along with stunning gardens that thrive in the cool climate under midnight sun. We will visit private gardens awash with native wildflowers and hardy perennials in Homer, Anchorage, Willow and Fairbanks. In Anchorage, we visit the Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, History and Science. Denali National Park, with picturesque Denali Peak rising 20,237 feet above the rugged boreal landscape, is sure to be a highlight.

Save $50 if you are one of the first ten people to register and save another $50 when you deposit by October 31, 2015.

Call Carlson Wagonlit Travel to book: 1-800-533-0324.
Set the scene for a gorgeous autumn by planting rich fall colors and textured plants in your outdoor containers and landscaping. Then continue the powerful color story with fresh accents, garden décor, and creative tabletops to extend the entertaining season in style!

Join us at Bachman's Fall Ideas House, September 10th - October 4th, 2015 and enjoy a rustic yet sophisticated scene set for a lovely harvest season. Schedule a self-guided tour and get inspired for the change of season! 

Logging in to Your MSHS Online Gateway Account 
First time logging in - follow these steps:  
1.            Go to www.northerngardener.org
2.            Click the 'LOGIN TO MSHS' button on the left side of your screen.
3.            Enter your email address for your 'username'.
4.            Click the 'Forgot your password?' link, and an email will immediately be sent to you with a link to log in.
If you've logged in before, enter your email as your 'username' along with your established password and click the 'Log in' button.
Lisa Williams-Hardman
Northern Gardener Store
We have 2016 calendars!

Minnesota Gardening Calendar 
Published by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Features: Kitchen compost bucket sticker, soil and compost guides, vegetable planting guide, plant hardiness zone map, and gardening tips. Makes a great gift.
MSHS Members receive a 15% discount.

Stop in during regular business hours or call to order: 651-643-3601 / 1-800-676-6747.


The newly created Digiplexis is a bright and beautiful intergeneric cross between digitalis (foxglove) and isoplexis, its cousin from the Canary Islands. Read more»


On Saturday, I [Mary Lahr Schier] gave a short talk at The Common Table at the Minnesota State Fair on the Best Books for New Gardeners. Read more»


With tomatoes ripening on the vine everyday, it is the perfect time of year to experiment with fresh tomato recipes.  Read more»


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White Flower Farm gives MSHS a 10% rebate on all orders placed by MSHS members (excluding the new member $25 merchandise credit), so be sure to mention us at checkout!
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   Celebrating 150 Years in 2016
Minnesota State Horticultural Society
Northern Gardener Magazine
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Roseville, MN 55113
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Marjory McNeely Conservatory
Sunken Garden Summer Flower Show.
Through Oct. 4, 2015
Learn more 
It's apple season!
It's pumpkin season!
It's raspberry season!
September is National Honey Month too!

Find fresh, locally-grown produce near you.
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The Horticulture Display Garden at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris has been named as the Best Public Display Garden in Minnesota by viewers of WCCO News. Congratulations, Morris! Learn more
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