Summer Northern Gardener Features New Look

The July/August 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is out now, and it includes some great summer reading as well as a new look and content in the MSHS News section.

summer northern gardenerThe very summery zinnia photo on the cover was taken by Tracy Walsh at the gardens of Mary Shannon in Richfield. Mary moved to the house when she married her husband, and immediately started creating a landscape they could both love and share with family and friends. Careful use of stone, trees, shrubs, paths and patios gives the garden a structure that makes it comfortable. Colorful plants and art objects make it fun. You can see more of Tracy’s photos and read Meleah Maynard’s profile of the garden in the issue.

A second garden profile in our summer Northern Gardener shows readers how a Wisconsin couple turned their property into a gorgeous prairie with views of Lake Pepin. Long-time contributor Terry Yockey shows us this garden, which is filled with native plants that attract all sorts of pollinators. There are so many different shapes and styles for northern gardens, and we love sharing them with our readers.

Elsewhere in the issue, readers will find practical information and inspiration. Regular contributor Michelle Mero Riedel shares a dozen beautiful plants with a touch of gold. Golden hues brighten up any summer garden. Our Kitchen Garden columnist Samantha Johnson plants lots of themed gardens. In this issue, she shares her choices for a French-themed vegetable garden with a few tips on creating a potager thrown in. Minneapolis-based Theresa Rooney discusses the 12 principles of permaculture and how they have shaped her approach to gardening. Finally, Lee Reich shares information on drainage and how to understand how water flows in your garden.

In the front of the magazine, we’ve expanded our MSHS News section to offer more seasonal gardening tips, a few recipes and more in-depth information about community gardening around the state. We’ve also update the appearance of the section. If you have any comments on the changes, we’d welcome the chance to hear them. Please send them to


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