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Plant Profile: Digiplexis

The newly created Digiplexis is a bright and beautiful intergeneric cross between digitalis (foxglove) and isoplexis, its cousin from the Canary Islands. Digiplexis is treated as an annual in Minnesota…

Best Books for New Gardeners

On Saturday, I gave a short talk at The Common Table at the Minnesota State Fair on the Best Books for New Gardeners. Common Table is a network of designers…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…