Book Review: Wasps

Minnesota author Heather Holm has long been a go-to source for science-based information on pollinators. Her latest book explores the world of wasps, and it’s a fascinating and thorough look at this often under-appreciated group of pollinators. In Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants (Pollination Press, 2021),…

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Plant Profile: Lovely Lemon Balm

As your eyes drift across the garden, you might not immediately notice the bushy herb with the jagged-edged leaves. It’s easy to overlook amongst the sunflowers and the summer squash and the snapdragons. But let’s take a closer look at this unobtrusive and unassuming herb. It’s sometimes called common balm, garden balm, balm mint, dropsy…

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Plant Profile: Anise Hyssop

Anise hyssop is a tactile plant; soft to the touch when in full bloom and as it develops seeds. It also appeals to the other senses—the scent of the foliage is reminiscent of licorice and is used in teas, jams, salads and potpourri. Cylindrical flower spikes, several inches long, work well as cut flowers and…

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March/April Northern Gardener Available

Nothing says spring like the pink blooms on a crabapple tree, and we’re celebrating the early days of spring with our March/April issue of Northern Gardener. That gorgeous cover photo was taken by Tracy Walsh, a Maple Grove-based photographer who followed a garden from winter through fall. It’s amazing how having “good bones” can create…

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Great Garden Speakers at Minneapolis Home Show

Wow! What a fantastic lineup of speakers will be on-hand for this weekend’s Minneapolis Home + Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center downtown. MSHS sponsors the Garden Theater, which is located in Room 103, outside of the entrance to the main show floor. We have lots of interesting topics from experienced and knowledgeable garden…

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