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Green Thoughts: Garden Possibilities

  It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season. —Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

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Book Review: Beautifully Sustainable

For many gardeners, the ideal yard is relaxing, beautiful, relatively low maintenance and good for the Earth. Douglas Owens-Pike has been creating this kind of sustainable landscape for 25 years…

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Garden Ideas, Advice at Minnesota Home Show

The temperatures may still be in the cellar, but when things warm up this weekend, cooped-up gardeners can find lots of garden ideas, advice and inspiration at the Minnesota Home…

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Green Thoughts: Roses and Seeds

What an excitement it is to order rosebushes in this glacial world, and also to read the seed catalogs by the hour, slowly coming to decisions. —May Sarton in The…

Norm Wente in the conservatory at Colonial Acres

Growing Together: Colonial Acres Conservatory

The Covenant Village of Golden Valley retirement community has independent living apartments, assisted living apartments and a nursing home and rehabilitation center called Colonial Acres, where the new conservatory is…


How to Make Seed Starting Mix

It’s still too early to start seeds indoors in Minnesota, with the exception of onions, but many gardeners are thinking about their seed-starting set up. While many excellent commercial varieties…

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Green Thoughts: ‘Incredible Peace’

  Just being in a garden gives me incredible peace, like being in a foreign cathedral on a hot afternoon, when there’s nobody around, only the sun beaming from high…

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Book Review: Five Plant Gardens

This originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. In Five-Plant Gardens, 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants, Nancy Ondra outlines an approach for…