The November/December issue of Northern Gardener should be on display at many garden centers and bookstores in Minnesota now. The issue includes several great articles for gardeners as we go into winter.
For Inspiration: Check out the profile of Katherine Aby’s garden in Edina. Many gardeners are familiar with Katherine’s work as an espalier artist. Recently, she completely re-designed her garden to reflect her love of the northern Minnesota landscape near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. There are so many ideas embodied in this garden. Or, if you have a garden with a slope, don’t miss Susan Davis Price’s article on design ideas for slopes. She visited four lovely, but very steep gardens, and explains what makes them work.
For Information: Making the winter landscape more interesting is a challenge for all northern gardeners. Nursery owner Leif Knecht sings the praises of oaks as an alternative for winter color in an article on oaks for winter interest. The oak leaf on the cover is gorgeous, too. Maybe you have been thinking about how to grow more food? If you are interested in permaculture (permanent agriculture), check out the feature by Susannah Shmurak on how one homeowner created a landscape filled with fruit, vegetables and chickens.
For Fun: Not sure what to give the gardener on your list (or what to put on your own holiday gift list)? We have lots of ideas in our annual Northern Gardener Gift Guide. (I’m requesting the countertop compost container.)
That’s just the beginning of what’s in this issue. Check it out!
—Mary Lahr Schier