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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…

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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…

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New Issue of Northern Gardener

As we creep, slowly, damply, coldly, toward spring, the latest issue of Northern Gardener celebrates early summer — and who isn’t looking forward to that. The lovely ‘Purple Sensation’ lilac…

Verbena bonariensis is a bee magnet.

Pollinator Friendly Gardens, Part 3

Many gardeners want to create pollinator friendly gardens because butterflies and bees add to the health of a garden as well as it’s appearance. Water sources and other garden features…

Plant single flowers: Fewer petals equals more pollination.

Pollinator Friendly Gardens, Part 2

Having the right features in your garden will help attract pollinators, but the gardening practices you follow will make sure they stay there and do all the wonderful pollination they…