We’re Getting Ready for the Minnesota State Fair!

The Minnesota State Fair doesn’t open until tomorrow, but we’re getting everything ready to go for what is possibly the busiest two weeks of the year for the Minnesota State…

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Must-Have Garden Tool: Rain Gauge

This past weekend was a classic example of Minnesota weather: A little unpredictable and wildly variable. While rain showers and storms had been predicted, the amount of rain and where…

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Plant Profile: Sunflowers

Nothing says August in the garden quite like sunflowers. Whether the annual sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that dot cutting gardens or the perennial sunflowers that stand tall in  meadows and native…

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Minnesota Green at Work in Frogtown

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. “Public health and urban development research bears this out: you will be healthier if you live near a green…

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Gardening with All Five Senses

It’s that time of year when garden clubs, Master Gardener groups and community organizations hold garden tours. Walking through gardens created by talented amateurs is a great way to learn…

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Magnificent Monarda

I’ve been to several garden tours over the past couple of weeks and one plant that looks fantastic in every garden is bee balm (Monarda). If you are not familiar…

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Hot Off the Press: Hellstrip Gardening

This review originally appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Northern Gardener. Consider yourself lucky if you’re not familiar with the term hellstrip. It’s one of the names urban gardeners…

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A Visit to Marge Hols Garden

Last week, about 100 eager gardeners and supporters of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society descended on Marge Hols’ gorgeous St. Paul garden. The occasion was the Garden Gathering, a special…

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