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japanese beetle 6.23.15

Look Who’s Back! Japanese Beetles

Our editor took the picture above yesterday in a nice rose garden in the eastern Twin Cities. In case you don’t recognize it (he was not very eager to have…

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lady slipper two flower

Plant Profile: Showy Lady Slipper

Every school child in Minnesota should be able to recognize the whimsical, shoe-like  look of the showy lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae), our state flower and a show-stopping orchid that is…

bright ninebark

Plant Profile: Ninebark

During the recent Garden Bloggers Fling, I had an opportunity to watch Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard demonstrate how to make a bouquet using the flowers and foliage from…

Buy great lily bulbs at the MSHS Open House

Join Us for the MSHS Open House Saturday!

The weather forecasts call for a beautiful day on Saturday, June 13, perfect for spending the morning at our MSHS Open House at 2705 Lincoln Drive in Roseville. Then, stay…

The bright pink blooms on the rhododendron really pop and complement the  blue hosta. Out of bloom season, the hosta is a calm underplant for the rhododendron.

Everything Looks Good Next to a Blue Hosta

  I had a chance over the weekend to travel to Toronto in Canada for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. This three-day event involves lots and lots of touring of…

Vicky Vogels (rear) assists Kyra, Linda and Jenny as they register for the plant show.

Spotlight on the State Fair Plant Show

Have you ever considered entering the Minnesota State Fair plant show sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society? It’s a fun event and a great way to share your gardening…

narrow peony

Plant Profile: Tree Peony

When does a peony behave like a shrub? That’s not a riddle, and the answer is when it is a tree peony—a gorgeous shrub-like peony that blooms about two weeks…

Declaration lilac (Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries)

Plant Profile: Lilac

Does any plant say spring in northern gardens quite like lilacs? With their lush scent and pretty purple or white blooms, lilacs reach their peak in late May to early…