November/December Northern Gardener on Newsstands Now

The latest issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s filled with ideas and information to keep you inspired all winter long.

Northern Gardener NovDec 2020Our cover image by Tracy Walsh is from Marge Hols’ story on the new University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Conservatory. The conservatory was set to open to the public last March, just as the corona virus spread in the United States. The opening has been delayed, but Marge takes us on a tour of the four biomes highlighted in the new conservatory. Keep this one on your bucket list for the time after the pandemic.

The issue also includes a profile of a soothing and inspiring garden in Duluth. This gardener started with a challenging site (shady and deer galore) and transformed it into a garden that features both Asian and English influences, which blend beautifully together. Check out Kelsey Roseth’s article for more on how the gardener did it.

If you want to observe birds this winter, Susan Davis Price’s story on what to do to create a bird paradise has all the basics and more. It includes great advice and stunning photos from Kristen Menzel and Travis Bonovsky.

Elsewhere in Northern Gardener, we have practical tips for gardeners, no matter what their interests, including Jennifer Rensenbrink’s story about her experience creating a prairie garden on an urban boulevard, Samantha Johnson’s recommendation of six easy and elegant succulents for your indoor garden, and author Susannah Shmurak’s tips on planting and using elderberry. Oh yes, and if you are looking for an app to help you identify plants, master gardener Mary Kay Haas reviews and recommends several plant ID apps.

It’s a great issue. We’re also running a gift membership deal this fall through the holiday season, so if you have a friend or loved one who is new to gardening and would like to learn more about it, be sure to check that out. Northern Gardener is the only gardening magazine geared toward gardeners in the North.



  1. Debbie (Debora) Smith on June 23, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Two questions:

    Could you please check to see if my Minnesota Hort Society membership has expired? Thank you! I will renew immediately if needed.

    I am out of town, and am also fairly sure that I don’t still have the November 2020 issue anyway! I’m interested in the following: “Oh yes, and if you are looking for an app to help you identify plants, master gardener Mary Kay Haas reviews and recommends several plant ID apps.” Could you either email the app recommendations or tell me how to locate them? Thank you!

    • MSHS on June 25, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      Hi, Debbie! Yep, looks like your society membership expired Feb. 9, 2022. You can renew online anytime: Give us a call at 651-643-3601 if you have any questions – we’re always here to help. As for apps, check out Picturethis, PlantSnap, PlantNet, iNaturalist and Picture Insect (all recommended in “Best Apps for Curious Gardeners” in the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of Northern Gardener). Happy gardening and ID-ing!

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