Category Archives: Features


Tell Us What You Think!

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society is conducting a 13 question survey of gardeners who follow the Notes from Northern Gardener blog via email but are NOT members of our organization….

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It’s Blooming Spring!

The flowering shrubs. The bulbs. Perennials. It’s all blooming now. Here are a few shots we took this week of favorite spring bloomers. What’s your favorite bloomer this week?

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Crabapple Season

This past week seemed to be crabapple season in Minnesota. All of a sudden — as happens most year — the crabapple trees, aka, flowering crabs, burst into bloom. Pinks,…

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A Gardener’s Legacy

Today, Mildred Hinicker Wieners will be celebrating her 101st birthday at her home in Hastings. Mildred is a life-long gardener who instilled a love of gardening in each of her…


Garden Magic: Leaf Mold

Having visited many magazine-worthy gardens and been on more garden tours than I can count, I’ve noticed that a lot of really good gardeners use leaf mold. Leaf mold is…

Clumps of daffodils mean spring.

What’s Blooming in Your Garden Now?

We’ve had some beautiful weekends for gardening so far this May, and with the middle of the month here, more and more of the spring blooms are showing. Bulbs, flowering…

The Hennepin County Master Gardeners' Learning Tour is a highlight each summer.

Hennepin County Master Gardeners Give Back

This article originally appeared in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener. As volunteers trained by the University of Minnesota Extension, Master Gardeners provide horticultural education to the community. Teaching adults…

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Plant Shopping for Mother

Mother’s Day weekend is the traditional start of the plant shopping season. While this weekend’s weather may be unsettled, it won’t be cold. (And, we can all be grateful for…