Category Archives: Features

We've got lots of great books, merchandise and memberships to sell at the MSHS booth.

Don’t Miss MSHS at the State Fair

This year, the MSHS booth, which for many years was in the center of the Horticulture/Agriculture building at the Minnesota State Fair, has been moved. We’re a little harder to…

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Late Summer Garden at Minnesota State Fair

Be sure to visit the MSHS display garden at the Minnesota State Fair, which opens Thursday. We will have our educational and retail booths in the Horticulture Building and our…

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What’s Blooming? Lots of Phlox

Here’s the long and the short about phlox: There are two basic kinds and while they come from the same genus, they are very different. Creeping phlox (technically it is…

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Tomato Diseases in 2013

All in all, 2013 seems to be a very good year for tomatoes. We’ve had ample rain (maybe a little too ample at times) and we have not had the…

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Are Tomatoes Slow To Ripen This Year?

We’ve heard a number of gardeners comment that it seems that tomatoes are slow to ripen this year. The gardeners have lots and lots of tomatoes on the plants, but…

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What’s Blooming? Purple Prairie Plants

August is the season when prairie plants, including the many pretty purple prairie plants, bloom. We’ve seen purple prairie clovers, Joe Pye weed, anise hyssop and lots of purple coneflowers…

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What Shows Up at the State Fair Plant Show

The day before the Minnesota State Fair opens—that’s Wednesday, Aug. 21 this year—the Horticulture Building will be filled with houseplants, patio plants, succulents, container gardens filled with flowers and vegetables…

'Corenetto Blaze' gaillardia would be brighten any sun garden.

Finding the Best Plants for the Midwest

Each year, dozens—maybe hundreds—of new plant varieties are introduced by breeders and plant wholesalers worldwide. It’s tough to figure out which are the best plants for the Midwest, especially when…