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Plant Profile: Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera is a houseplant that cheers up many a holiday home. Common names for members of this genus of cactus include Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, holiday cactus (which actually blooms…

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Minnesota Green: Eastview Community Gardens

Wondering about the power of gardens in a community? Here’s one of many stories from MSHS’ Minnesota Green and Garden in a Box program. About three years ago, residents of…

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Hot Off the Press: Homegrown Tea

Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge Author Cassie Liversidge grew up around her parents’ plant nursery, and that history and…

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November/December Northern Gardener Available

The November/December issue of Northern Gardener is on the news stands and in mail boxes, and it’s a really fun issue, full of ideas and advice for enjoying winter gardening…

Fall color on common witch hazel. Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Where to Buy Witch Hazel

The cover story for the November/December issue of Northern Gardener is about witch hazel, a little-planted but lovely shrub. As author Betsy Danielson notes, “Witch hazels could be the poster…

Harold Wilkins selling flowers at Mill City Farmers Market.

Congratulations, MSHS Award Winners!

It’s always a bit humbling to read about the work of the MSHS Award winners, who were celebrated Saturday at a recognition event at Bachman’s in Minneapolis. Each year, MSHS…

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The Writer’s Garden Book Review and Giveaway

I don’t think it’s a surprise that many writers are also gardeners. Being outside and in nature gives the mind the freedom to rest or roam that writers (and other…

Planted in November, these black-eyed Susans survived their first winter and bloomed for years.

How Late Can You Plant in Fall?

The rest of this week promises to be lovely, and maybe you are thinking about planting some of those perennials or shrubs that are on deep discount at your local…