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10 Tips for Holiday Decor

Over the years, I’ve had a chance to watch some incredible floral designers put together wreaths and containers for the holidays. Watching others is a great way to learn, which…

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Book Review: Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Indoor Kitchen Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2014) by Minnesotan Elizabeth Millard has the right attitude. In the book’s introduction, Millard co-owner of Bossy Acres, a vegetable farm now operating in…

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners Who Have Everything

Some folks are just harder to buy for than others: They have everything and often they don’t really want more. But, you still want to express how much they mean…

A bank of Tiger Eyes sumac adds striking contrast to evergreens and rocks nearby.

Plant Profile: Tiger Eyes Sumac

Staghorn sumac is a large treelike shrub native to the eastern edge of Minnesota, Wisconsin and much of southeastern Canada. Tall with an umbrella habit as it matures, stagorn or…

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Hot Off the Press: Simple Flower Arranging

Simple Flower Arranging by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks (DK Publishing, 2014) This visually stunning book is a piece of art itself, but you won’t want to just leave it…

Amaryllis blooms on New Year's Day

Force Spring Bulbs for Winter Beauty

We’ve passed the point where gardeners can plant bulbs outside for spring bloom, but it’s not too late to pot up bulbs for forcing into bloom in the winter. It’s…

The Shannons' cacti collection includes many beautiful native forms.

Treat Your Garden Club to an Amazing Garden Party

Jerry and Lee Shannon’s St. Paul garden is one of the hidden jewels of that city. And, a lucky MSHS garden club will get a chance to have a garden…

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Check Out the Latest Northern Gardener

The November/December issue of Northern Gardener will be on newsstands soon. Subscribers should already have received their copy of this issue, which is chock full of ideas for the holidays…