Category Archives: Features

The rock garden near the house was built in honor of Mary's mother.

Last Chance to Visit Mary’s Garden

This weekend is one of the big weekends of the year for garden tours. (Next weekend is, too.) The St. Anthony Park Garden Club tour is among those held this…

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Hot Off the Press: Cultivating Garden Style

This review appears in the July/August 2015 issue of Northern Gardener. If you’re tired of being told exactly how to create the most beautiful containers or the most efficient compost…

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Look Who’s Back! Japanese Beetles

Our editor took the picture above yesterday in a nice rose garden in the eastern Twin Cities. In case you don’t recognize it (he was not very eager to have…

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Plant Profile: Showy Lady’s Slipper

Every school child in Minnesota should be able to recognize the whimsical, shoe-like  look of the showy lady’s slipper (Cypripedium reginae), our state flower and a show-stopping orchid that is…

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Plant Profile: Ninebark

During the recent Garden Bloggers Fling, I had an opportunity to watch Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard demonstrate how to make a bouquet using the flowers and foliage from…

Buy great lily bulbs at the MSHS Open House

Join Us for the MSHS Open House Saturday!

The weather forecasts call for a beautiful day on Saturday, June 13, perfect for spending the morning at our MSHS Open House at 2705 Lincoln Drive in Roseville. Then, stay…

The bright pink blooms on the rhododendron really pop and complement the  blue hosta. Out of bloom season, the hosta is a calm underplant for the rhododendron.

Everything Looks Good Next to a Blue Hosta

  I had a chance over the weekend to travel to Toronto in Canada for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. This three-day event involves lots and lots of touring of…

Vicky Vogels (rear) assists Kyra, Linda and Jenny as they register for the plant show.

Spotlight on the State Fair Plant Show

Have you ever considered entering the Minnesota State Fair plant show sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society? It’s a fun event and a great way to share your gardening…