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The Power of Pruning

Pruning can change the look of so many plants, and that’s what makes it a great tool for creative gardeners. Here’s an example of how pruning can change the look…

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St. Cloud Garden Tour Had Wow! Factor

The gardens on the MSHS St. Cloud/Sartell Garden Tour this past weekend had wow! factor galore. Tour goers visited seven private gardens plus the Munsinger Gardens and the Viriginia Clemens…

Japanese beetle on rose

Three More Bad Bugs for Northern Gardeners

Yesterday, we posted about three of the six insects University of Minnesota entomologist Jeff Hahn thinks northern gardeners should watch out for. So, here’s the rest of the list. Japanese…

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Three Bad Bugs in Northern Gardens

At the recent Upper Midwest Master Gardener conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, entomologist Jeff Hahn led a session called “Watch out for These Insects.” In it, he highlighted the…

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Terry Yockey’s Northern Garden

Terry Yockey’s Red Wing garden has been profiled in Midwest Home and Midwest Living magazines, as well as the subject of a some of Terry’s many articles for Northern Gardener….

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A Garden Writer’s Garden

  This weekend, Meleah Maynard’s garden was part of the Hennepin County Master Gardener’s annual garden tour. Many of you may know Meleah (pronounced Me-Lee-ah) from her Perennial Favorites column…

Sumac on a hill

How Big? Planting the Right Size Shrubs

It’s happened to many gardeners and homeowners. You plant a trio of cute little shrubs in front of your house. Three years later, you’re hacking your way through the brush…

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How to Find Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

North America is divided into 10 cold-hardiness zones by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (It’s also divided into 12 heat zones, but those are not usually a concern in northern…