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Will You Delay Seed Starting This Year?

A blog reader recently asked if seed starters should delay their seed starting this year because of the long, cold winter. In Minnesota, we’ve had the worst winter in terms…

The flower room is alive with color.

Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

Frankly, I’d rather be in Florida right now — and I’m sure many Minnesotans feel the same way. 2014 is likely to go into the record books as one of…

Yes, you will see real, live, blooming daffodils at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. Also, lots of great speakers on garden topics.

What’s Happening at the Minneapolis Home Show

The annual Minneapolis Home and Garden Show starts today (Wednesday) and runs through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center, offering a great escape from the cold and wind that will…

Grow with KARE's Bobby Jensen will be back as emcee of this year's Spring at the Inn event.

Garden Trends, Beer and New Plants

Each winter, the Garden Media Group releases its trend report for the year ahead. These folks comb through all the market, economic and psychological research to figure out how consumers…

Garden blogger at work!

Best Minnesota Garden Blogs

The March/April issue of Northern Gardener includes a profile of Minnesota garden blogger Amy Andrychowicz of the Get Busy Gardening blog. It was fun to meet Amy and see her…

The petals on ray flowers, like coneflowers, are a perfect landing pad for butterflies.

Planting for Pollinators

Some problems seem so big and complicated that you almost give up on doing anything about them. Please, don’t give up on pollinators — whether bees, Monarch butterflies or any…

In a pot on a shady deck, this apple mint grew beautifully.

Shade Tolerant Vegetables for Urban Gardens

  For vegetable gardeners on mature lots, deciding what to plant can be tricky. Most vegetables need a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight per day and the…

magnolia spring

Green Thoughts: Garden Possibilities

  It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season. —Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden