We Want to Hear Your Plant Story

This plant has been in one family for generations but never bloomed until the past few years.

Every plant has a story — some funny, some touching, some infuriating. In a recent issue of Northern Gardener, columnist Meleah Maynard wrote about her late mother-in-law’s beloved rabbit’s-foot fern and how its dry soil and wilting leaves were the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease encroaching on a lively personality. You can read a version of Meleah’s  story here.

Some plant stories are so special that you just have to share them.

We’ve got a chance for you to do that during the Minnesota State Fair. As part of our annual MSHS Potted Plant Show, we’re asking entrants to tell us story about their plant. After you register online for the show, you’ll have the opportunity to include a photo of your plant and a story of up to 250 words about it—who it came from, why you have it, how it was saved from disaster or how it saved you from disaster. Whatever the story, we want to know.

We’ll share the stories and photos with our social media followers before the plant show. The winning story and plant owner will win a rosette and be featured in the Spotlight section of Northern Gardener magazine.

Why tell plant stories? As gardeners, we know that plants can help us remember people or events, celebrate life’s big occasions and connect us to the environment in which we live. Plants keep us healthy and caring for plants sometimes keeps us sane.

What’s your plant story?



1 Comment

  1. Suzanne Hagen on August 11, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I have a Chicken Gizzard aralia, also known as Geranium aralia.
    It stands about 6feet tall and has graced my living room since 1989 the year my mother died.
    Mother loved this tree since her youngest brother Max gave it to her a decade or more earlier.
    My tree was born of snippets cut from the mother tree….many snippets set in bottles of water on the kitchen counter. It took weeks of tries until one took hold, sending down watery roots.
    I have tried with no success to “make” another tree, as I anticipate moving to smaller quarters in the near future.
    My tree bears the mark of those multiple cuttings, but it remains lush and lovely.

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