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Save Our Monarchs: Minnesota State Fair Partner

This year, MSHS is working with Save Our Monarchs to provide free milkweed seeds to up to 650 fairgoers. If you are not familiar with Save Our Monarchs, it is…

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Protecting Pollinators at the Minnesota State Fair

One of the top issues with gardeners these days is the plight of pollinators — bees, other insects and butterflies. If you have gardened for any length of time, you…

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Visit Our Minnesota State Fair Garden

The Minnesota State Fair can be a hot, dusty and crowded place, but there are places of refuge. One of them is the MSHS State Fair Garden, which is at…

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Minnesota State Fair Potted Plant Show

The annual MSHS Minnesota State Fair Cacti, Succulent and Potted Plant Show is underway through tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 22) in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building at the fair. In addition to the…

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We’re Getting Ready for the Minnesota State Fair!

The Minnesota State Fair doesn’t open until tomorrow, but we’re getting everything ready to go for what is possibly the busiest two weeks of the year for the Minnesota State…

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Must-Have Garden Tool: Rain Gauge

This past weekend was a classic example of Minnesota weather: A little unpredictable and wildly variable. While rain showers and storms had been predicted, the amount of rain and where…

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Plant Profile: Sunflowers

Nothing says August in the garden quite like sunflowers. Whether the annual sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that dot cutting gardens or the perennial sunflowers that stand tall in  meadows and native…

Gardener at work in one of the Frogtown Community gardens.

Minnesota Green at Work in Frogtown

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. “Public health and urban development research bears this out: you will be healthier if you live near a green…