Category Archives: Features

White blooms brighten the shades of green in this bed.

Using the Color White in the Garden

One of the new plants on the “runway” during the 2014 Spring at the Inn event last week was a new magnolia from Bailey’s Nurseries in Newport. First Editions® Centennial…

Bloomstruck blooms in colors from cream/pink to deep purple.  Bailey Nurseries photo

What a Hydrangea Wants

Get together several hundred avid gardeners and a line-up of experts, and the questions and conversations start flying. Yesterday, MSHS hosted its third annual Spring at the Inn. This annual…

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North Star Lily Society

“People are drawn to lilies because they are tough, hardy, relatively disease- and pest-free, and they multiply,” says Barbara Ronningen, North Star Lily Society (NSLS) member and convention chair. “They…

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An Herbal Compost Tea for Your Plants

Recently, I had a chance to hear University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Shari Mayer from Dakota County talk about growing and using herbs. Shari has been a big part…

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Hot Off the Press: Gardening for Geeks

This review also appears in the March/April issue of Northern Gardener. Please don’t be put off by the name. Whether you consider yourself a geek or, like me, aren’t sure…

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The Rule of Thirds in Garden Design

This past weekend, I was able to hear Northern Gardener columnist Eric Johnson talk about garden design and inexpensive, do-it-yourself projects that bring drama to the garden at a local…

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Will You Delay Seed Starting This Year?

A blog reader recently asked if seed starters should delay their seed starting this year because of the long, cold winter. In Minnesota, we’ve had the worst winter in terms…

The flower room is alive with color.

Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

Frankly, I’d rather be in Florida right now — and I’m sure many Minnesotans feel the same way. 2014 is likely to go into the record books as one of…