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We’re Getting Ready for the State Fair!

While the Minnesota State Fair does not officially start until Thursday, today is moving day for MSHS. During the 12 days of the fair, we basically move our operations from…

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Get your picture taken with Mr. Tomato Guy at the fair.

MSHS State Fair Volunteers Have More Fun!

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. “I love volunteering for MSHS all year, but I absolutely love the Minnesota State Fair—combining the two is heaven…

Whether from a farmers' market or your garden, tomatoes are plentiful  now.

Tomato Recipe Round Up

With tomatoes ripening on the vine everyday, it is the perfect time of year to experiment with fresh tomato recipes. Whether you feel like making a delicious salsa, appetizer, salad…

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Minnesota Green: Pines School

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. New Growth Garden at Pines School Pines School, located on the grounds of the Anoka County Juvenile Center in…

Northern gardeners are seeing lots of spotted and yellowing leaves, prompting them to ask, "What's wrong with my tomato?"

What Is Wrong with My Tomatoes?

Like a lot of northern gardeners, my tomatoes were looking fantastic up until about a week ago. The plants were large, flowers and fruit plentiful and everything looking green and…

These bee balm plants were about 5 feet tall and stunning.

Plant Profile: Bee Balm

We’ve written about bee balm (Monarda) on this blog before because, frankly, it’s such a star in the summer garden. It seems that every year during garden tour season, I…

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Plant Profile: Liatris

If you are searching for a beautifully colored and easy-to-grow perennial to add to your garden, Liatris is the plant for you. Liatris plants have two common names, Blazing Star…

The rock garden near the house was built in honor of Mary's mother.

Last Chance to Visit Mary’s Garden

This weekend is one of the big weekends of the year for garden tours. (Next weekend is, too.) The St. Anthony Park Garden Club tour is among those held this…