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Karl Foerster grass as an informal screening plant.

Plant Profile: Karl Foerster grass

We highlighted Karl Foerster grass back in 2012 as one of our favorite plants for Minnesota, but let’s sing the praises of this striking, easy care, four-season beauty once again….


Spring Perennial Care Tips

With our warmer than average spring, perennials are starting to emerge. Now is a good time to begin a bit of spring perennial care. Here are five tips: Cut back…

MSHS staff and volunteers at the Minnesota State Fair

Work for MSHS: New Job Opening

Are you interested in working in a fun, positive environment, promoting gardening and volunteerism? Why not work for MSHS? We have an opening for someone to join our staff. Here…

Romaine lettuce starts growing in a window box

Growing Lettuce for Early Eats

Growing lettuce is one of the best ways to get a super early harvest from your vegetable garden. Lettuce germinates quickly and reliably indoors under lights. You can also plant…

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Hot off the Press: Jewels of the Plains

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Jewels of the Plains By Claude A. Barr University of Minnesota Press 2015 Claude A. Barr was a…

It won't be long before the redbuds bloom.

Plant Profile: Redbud Tree

Don’t let today’s cold and rain bother you. It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing the soft pink clouds of bloom that surround the Minnesota-hardy redbuds that are so…

Lights, pots, soil and a system to keep track of what you've planted is all you need for seed starting.

Seed Starting Season Begins!

While some gardeners start seeds for long-germinating plants, such as onions, as early as late January or early February, now is the best time for Minnesota gardeners to begin their…

Wealthy apple -- photo courtesy of Creative Commons

MSHS History: An Eccentric Apple Grower

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Northern Gardener and was written in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of MSHS. Our Legends of MSHS column introduces readers…