Category Archives: Indoor gardens

Art in Bloom: Macy’s Flower Show

Whether you are an art lover or a plant aficionado, the Macy’s Flower Show this year is well worth a visit. I am both a plant and art lover, so…


The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Northern Gardener The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, 2014) By Stephen Russell Are you looking for a way…


Plant Profile: Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera is a houseplant that cheers up many a holiday home. Common names for members of this genus of cactus include Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, holiday cactus (which actually blooms…


Minnesota State Fair Potted Plant Show

The annual MSHS Minnesota State Fair Cacti, Succulent and Potted Plant Show is underway through tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 22) in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building at the fair. In addition to the…


Growing Patchouli in Your Herb Garden

One of the more unusual herbs shown at the MSHS Educational Display at the Minnesota State Fair is patchouli, a tender perennial that is often used in perfumes and is…


Do You Grow Aloe?

The MSHS Educational Display at the Minnesota State Fair is particularly interesting this year for herb gardeners. We have about 30 different herbs growing in pots, from garden regulars like…


Growing Coffee in Minnesota?

The MSHS Educational Display on herbs at the Minnesota State Fair has some great plants that can be grown indoors, outdoors or, as Nancy Leasman says, as commuters, who spend…

Norfolk Island pine

Christmas Tree Care Tips

If you enjoy a fresh evergreen in your home for the holiday season, there are a few things you can do to keep your tree beautiful longer. According to the…