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Green Thoughts: Garden Teachers

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” –Gertrude Jekyll, garden writer and designer, 1843-1932


Spotlight: MSHS Garden in a Box

“I love that the children would eat anything they picked from the garden,” says Lindsay Anderson, site coordinator at Lake Nokomis Community School, Wenonah Campus, in Minneapolis. “I’ve never heard…

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Have You Tried Weedless Gardening?

One of the most popular talks at last week’s Northern Green Expo was on weedless gardening, given by author, scientist and occasional Northern Gardener contributor, Lee Reich. Lee wrote the…

Peony blooms are lovely even before they open.

What Makes a Great Peony

The prairies of southern Minnesota area among the best places in the world to grow peonies, according to Laverne Dunsmore, owner of Countryside Gardens in Delano and one of the…

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Green Thoughts

Though the purpose of horticulture is all about control — asking nature and particularly plants to submit to cultivation at our hands — it’s also where everything is totally out…

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Garden Trends Spotting at the Green Expo

The Northern Green Expo, sponsored each January by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, provides a sneak peak at what nurseries and garden centers will be offering come spring. The…


Color Your 2014 Garden Radiant Orchid

Each year, the color trend company Pantone names a color of the year. In 2013, it was Emerald; the year before, Tangerine Tango. For 2014, the color is a deep…

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Book Review: Soup Night

Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup, by Maggie Stuckey (Storey Publishing, 2013) isn’t a gardening book—though its author has two garden books to her credit…