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Japanese Beetles: Have They Left Yet?

Visiting the garden of a friend recently, I was just about to ask that question: Have the Japanese beetles left yet? The answer, however, was right before me: a Japanese…

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We’re Hiring for Garden-in-a-Box

MSHS is hiring a coordinator for our Garden-in- a-Box program. The program’s goal is to help low-income and/or at-risk children and their families have access to fresh, local produce and…

Globe thistle blooms are about the size of a golf ball and spiky.

Plant Profile: Globe Thistle

I have to admit it—any plant with the word “thistle” in its name makes me nervous. Canada thistle was a persistent weed in my previous garden. Globe thistle (Echinops rito)…

Dark-leaved huechera and lavender tinged ornamental kale add depth to this entry garden. The spike plant echoes the dark theme.

Purple is the New Green

It’s garden tour season, and I’ve been fortunate to attend several — with a couple more scheduled for later this week! What I love about touring gardens is you get…

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Hot Off the Press: Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb (Ten Speed Press  2015) is an up-to-date revision of her 1975…

Volunteer Gary handed out brochures while bloggers explored the garden with their cameras at the ready.

Garden Bloggers Visit Vera’s Garden

Each garden bloggers from around the United States, Canada and beyond get together for a three-day “fling” in a city. Last weekend, the bloggers visited the Twin Cities and one…

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Legends of MSHS: W.H. Alderman

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. It is one in a series of profiles of important figures in the Minnesota State Horticulture Society’s 150 year…

Lined with arborvitae, the path to the back garden is wide and inviting.

Designing with Conifers

Last week, MSHS held its annual Garden Gathering and Volunteer Recognition Event at the garden of the Brennys of Anoka County. These events recognize people who have donated their time…