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Roses are pretty, but cut flowers fade.

A Garden Gift for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day not too far in the future, why not give a garden gift to the plant lover in your life — one that won’t fade in a week…

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Color Trends in the Garden

Each year, Pantone, a company that categorizes colors for designers, selects a Color of the Year. The selection usually gets a lot of media attention and is a good hint…

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Sara Manning: Minnesota Garden Pioneer

This article originally appeared in Northern Gardener as part of the MSHS 150th Anniversary celebration.  Sara Manning, 1853-1900 Born into the New England elite, Sara Manning left her horticultural legacy…

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Plant Herbs for Pollinators

Once while poking around my vegetable garden, I noticed the parsley was looking sparse. I hadn’t harvested that much, had I? Closer examination showed it wasn’t me, but a very…

Kale is an attractive ornamental plant in mixed plantings.

Garden Trends for 2016

It’s fun to see all the garden trends that marketers and other soothsayers are predicting. Another way to  find out about what’s new in gardening is to see the kinds…

Becky Masterman of the U of M Bee Squad

U of Minnesota Bee Squad

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. At the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, pollinator bees are studied to better understand their role in the environment…

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Book Review: Pollinator Friendly Gardening

In her new book, Pollinator Friendly Gardening, author and Northern Gardener columnist Rhonda Fleming Hayes reinforces a benefit of gardening with pollinators in mind that is sometimes glossed over in…

Seed catalogs have been enticing gardeners for a long time! This one is from Miss Lippincott's seeds from 1896.

Seed Catalogs and Your Fantasy Garden

This essay previously appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. By Samantha Johnson It’s winter—or it will be before we know it. When it comes, peace and quiet fill…