2022 Update from the Director

Two years is but a blip in the life of a 156-year-old organization, but I like to think we’ve moved the needle more than a little since I was honored to join y’all as Executive Director in July of 2020. I stepped into a team still actively reinventing ourselves in response to COVID. How could…

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Ode to Fathers in the Garden

Rick and son in the garden

Here’s to fathers who garden. To dads who get their hands dirty. To papas with patience for impatiens. To old farmers who can taste the soil to know what it needs, and young parents who eagerly identify native grasses with their phone app. We are changing the world and changing ourselves. We are teaching our…

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A Seasonal Schedule for Northern Gardener Magazine

“Northern Gardener is here!”  My wife and I, together with our 17,000+ readers, eagerly await each bold splash of color, expertise and inspiration in our mailboxes.  In 2023, Northern Gardener will shift to four print publications plus one shorter online supplement. This is based on feedback from member surveys, researching other publications and extensive analysis.…

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Learn from Garden Pros at The Dirt Stage

By Rick Juliusson, MSHS executive director As a child, the State Fair was always a jumble of food, rides, shows and baby animals—more an amusement park than an exhibition. But my older and wiser self appreciates the many opportunities to learn at the Minnesota State Fair. In addition to our popular educational displays, for several…

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Marking One Year with MSHS

By Rick Juliusson, executive director It’s been exactly one year since I started at MSHS as the new executive director. Starting a new job at the height of the pandemic was interesting—instead of meeting the team with homemade cupcakes at the office, I was treated on Day One to a 2-hour online meeting with the…

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Meet Rick Juliusson

Rick Juliusson, the recently appointed MSHS executive director, brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and horticulture to his new role as leader of the 9,000-member society. Prior to joining MSHS, Rick was Head of School at Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul, which is best known to gardeners for its extensive plant…

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