Category Archives: Features

Sumac on a hill

How Big? Planting the Right Size Shrubs

It’s happened to many gardeners and homeowners. You plant a trio of cute little shrubs in front of your house. Three years later, you’re hacking your way through the brush…

Map of hardiness zones north central states

How to Find Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

North America is divided into 10 cold-hardiness zones by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (It’s also divided into 12 heat zones, but those are not usually a concern in northern…

A pretty flower border

Welcome to the Northern Gardener Blog

Welcome to the blog of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society! We serve northern gardeners by providing information, resources and community. Our classes, events and community outreach efforts strengthen gardening in…

Garden in St. Cloud, MN

It’s Garden Tour Time

Each year, MSHS travels somewhere in Minnesota to tour some of the state’s most beautiful gardens. The event raises money to support the society and introduces members to exciting gardens…

Elephant ears in pots

Summer Container Care

Your containers may look lovely in early summer, but what happens when the weather gets hot and the summer gets long? Sometimes the containers get bedraggled. On a garden tour…

purple flowers

Who Needs a Haircut?

By midsummer, the plants – like some of the kids – are looking scruffy. It’s time for haircuts! Many perennials and annuals benefit from trimming back or selective pruning in…

Welcome to Our Blog!

The Internet gives us so many ways to communicate with gardeners in the North. You can check out our website, our Facebook fan page, our Twitter feed and now this…