Category Archives: Features

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Best Books for Bird Gardeners

Are you a “bird gardener?” Many gardeners love the natural world and also enjoy it by hiking, biking, fishing or watching birds. As a home gardener, you are in a…

The variety of bloom sizes and colors is one reason gardeners love dahlias.

How to Dig and Divide Dahlia Tubers

Dahlias are native to Mexico, but these stunning tropical plants shine in the northern garden, too. A member of the aster family, dahlias look a bit like zinnias, chrysanthemums and…

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Should You Cut Back Perennials in Fall?

To cut back perennials or not to cut back perennials, that is the question many gardeners ask themselves in fall. We have been fortunate this autumn that the weather has…


Best Books for Building Soil

During the Minnesota State Fair, I gave a talk on the best books for new gardeners.  For me, it’s hard to recommend just a few books, so I’ll be posting…

Children play in the Stone Garden at Payne-Phalen Pocket Parks, a project of Minnesota Green.

Minnesota Green: Payne-Phalen Pocket Parks

The Payne-Phalen Pocket Parks in St. Paul were a neighborhood’s response to the housing crisis of a few years ago; on some streets, 50 percent of the houses were vacant….

Amsonia, asters, annuals make for a pretty fall garden.

Ideas for Fall Gardening

Shush….don’t tell anyone yet, but the sun is just as high in the sky now and the days are just as long now as they were in late March. Oh,…

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Plant Profile: Digiplexis

The newly created Digiplexis is a bright and beautiful intergeneric cross between digitalis (foxglove) and isoplexis, its cousin from the Canary Islands. Digiplexis is treated as an annual in Minnesota…


Best Books for New Gardeners

On Saturday, I gave a short talk at The Common Table at the Minnesota State Fair on the Best Books for New Gardeners. Common Table is a network of designers…