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How to Grow Peonies

Peonies are a classic, old-fashioned flower in northern gardens with a long history in Minnesota. Brand Farms in Faribault had acres of peonies under cultivation in the 1920s, earning the…

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What’s Blooming on the Last Day of May?

We’ve gotten to the end of the month of May — and it’s been strange. Snow, heat, rain, cold — we’ve had it all. But the plants keep blooming, even…

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How to Grow Lilacs

This is a first in a regular series of articles on the care and maintenance of some of our favorite plants for northern gardens. With their lush blooms and deeply…

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What’s Blooming This Week?

How wonderful is it when the spring flowering trees and shrubs are in all their glory? After this winter, it is wonderful indeed. So, what’s blooming in our northern gardens?…

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Plant Shopping Time

Mother’s Day is traditionally the big plant shopping day of the year. But with our long, long winter, many gardeners still need to buy their annuals, vegetable starts and new…

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Great Garden Centers: Linder’s

Update: This post was updated to correct the date of the Weekend of Fundraising. Our apologies for the error. We’re fortunate to have several large, independently owned garden centers in…

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What’s Blooming in Your Northern Garden? May 9

  What a difference a week makes! After an endless April and an early May snowstorm, the weather turned around this week, and the plants are taking off. Today’s photos…

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What’s Blooming in Your Northern Garden? May 2

OK, so some of the blooms are covered with snow, but spring really is on the way and what better way to encourage it than to focus on the plants…