2022 Minnesota State Fair

2022 state fair

Can it really be State Fair time? It’s gently raining and 63 degrees as I write this (my garden is loving it, though my tomatoes may never ripen!), but we are in full preparation mode for a full return to State Fair this year. Come visit us in the Dirt Wing of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building…

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Why Save Seeds

why save seeds

As the summer days shorten and give way to signs of fall, our mature gardens wind down as well. It’s this time of the year that gardeners begin saving seeds from their own gardens or someone else’s (with permission, of course!). Why save seeds? We asked our friends at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa,…

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Congratulations, Potted Plant Show Winners

The 2021 Minnesota State Fair was different in many ways, but in keeping with tradition, the first two days of the fair included displays of some of the prettiest potted plants Minnesotans can grow. The MSHS Potted Plant Show includes categories for houseplants, container plants, cacti and more. And, Minnesota gardeners did not disappoint. We…

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Where to Find Us at the Minnesota State Fair

The gift bags are packed, the trucks are being loaded with books, T-shirts, tools and gloves, and all the plants that will be displayed in our education display are looking as good as they are going to look — MSHS is going to the Minnesota State Fair! The fair is a great place to renew…

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Gardeners and Pollinators

Our educational booth at the Minnesota State Fair is aimed at teaching fair-goers more about pollinators and their important role in our food system. There are a variety of factors in the decline of pollinators — habitat loss, diseases and parasites, pesticide use, climate change — it’s a long list. But gardeners can help pollinators…

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