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Getting Ready for the Home Shows

Volunteers have been busy at MSHS offices recently, packing bulbs and roots for plant sales and boxing books and other gear for the upcoming Twin Cities home shows. MSHS has…

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Plant Profile: Gladiolus

Gladiolus is one of those old-fashioned flowers that is enjoying a renaissance. Maybe it’s because florists love them for bouquets, or because more gardeners are growing cutting gardens, but gladioli…

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Garden TV

One of the complaints often heard about the big national cable channel with the words home and garden in its name is that it’s all about homes (specifically hunting for…

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Designing an Entry, Deck or Patio Garden

Winter is a great time to learn a new skill to use in the garden, and MSHS offers several classes for folks who want to learn more about vegetable gardening,…

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Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Here’s the thing about plants that become invasive: They usually start out as a plant someone loves. Buckthorn was hailed as a great hedge plant in the mid 20th century—and…

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Growing Hostas in Pots? Why Not!

Using perennials—and even small shrubs—in containers has become more and more common as gardens shrink and breeders develop compact varieties. Hostas are among those perennials that do very well growing…

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The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Northern Gardener The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, 2014) By Stephen Russell Are you looking for a way…

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Plant Profile: Dahlia

Let’s take a break from the cold, the slop and the just endlessness of January to appreciate one of the quintessential plants os summer: the dahlia. To find dahlias in…