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What’s Blooming? Purple Prairie Plants

August is the season when prairie plants, including the many pretty purple prairie plants, bloom. We’ve seen purple prairie clovers, Joe Pye weed, anise hyssop and lots of purple coneflowers…

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What Shows Up at the State Fair Plant Show

The day before the Minnesota State Fair opens—that’s Wednesday, Aug. 21 this year—the Horticulture Building will be filled with houseplants, patio plants, succulents, container gardens filled with flowers and vegetables…

'Corenetto Blaze' gaillardia would be brighten any sun garden.

Finding the Best Plants for the Midwest

Each year, dozens—maybe hundreds—of new plant varieties are introduced by breeders and plant wholesalers worldwide. It’s tough to figure out which are the best plants for the Midwest, especially when…

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Getting Ready for the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is only three weeks away, and excitement is building at the MSHS office. Our stalwart volunteers have been working on the lovely, late-summer display garden that…

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What’s Blooming? Prickly Pear

During several garden tours recently, I’ve spotted one of the few Minnesota-hardy cacti–Opuntia macrorhiza, which is commonly called plains prickly pear. It’s a native Minnesota wildflower that thrives in rock…

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Update on the Japanese Beetle

While several weeks later than last year, Japanese beetles definitely have arrived in Minnesota. I saw several on a garden tour last weekend and gardeners on the MSHS Facebook page…

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Community Gardening

Most of us think of community gardening as growing vegetables in a community plot. We love that idea (and MSHS has a plot in a community garden near the office…

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What’s Blooming in the Heat?

Gardeners may be wilting, but we’re seeing the peak of bloom in many sun-loving, heat-loving plants. What’s blooming this week? Here are a few plants we’ve seen: