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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A Delicious Basil Recipe

Our Northern Gardener copy editor Julie is a basil fiend. She grows lots of basil and freezes bags and bags of pesto for winter eating. But sometimes, even a noted…

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Plant Profile: Iris

In late spring and early summer, many Minnesota gardens are abloom with iris, which is one of the easiest plants to grow in our climate. Iris come in three types:…

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Thirsty Squirrels?

Here’s a fun fact we heard way back in February, but is worth remembering now. When squirrels ravage your vegetable garden taking one bite out of a melon here and…

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Watch for the New Northern Gardener

The July/August 2014 issue of Northern Gardener will be appearing in mailboxes and on newsstands over the next week. This issue captures all the glory of midsummer in Minnesota and…

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Plant Profile: Martagon Lilies

Martagon season has arrived. Every year about this time — mid June to the later part of the month, the Martagon lilies bloom in all their upside down splendor. At…

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Great Grasses for Minnesota Gardens

Some time ago, a blog reader asked us to suggest ornamental grasses for Minnesota gardens. Since parts of Minnesota were once part of the “sea of grass” of the Great…

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