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New Northern Gardener Available

Our May/June 2016 Northern Gardener should be on newsstands in a few days, and it is filled with articles to help you start your garden season. The cover image is…


Book Review: Container Theme Gardens

Nancy J. Ondra, whose earlier book on five-plant gardens received a positive review here, is at it again, this time with container garden ideas, each of which uses just five…

Karl Foerster grass as an informal screening plant.

Plant Profile: Karl Foerster grass

We highlighted Karl Foerster grass back in 2012 as one of our favorite plants for Minnesota, but let’s sing the praises of this striking, easy care, four-season beauty once again….


Spring Perennial Care Tips

With our warmer than average spring, perennials are starting to emerge. Now is a good time to begin a bit of spring perennial care. Here are five tips: Cut back…

MSHS staff and volunteers at the Minnesota State Fair

Work for MSHS: New Job Opening

Are you interested in working in a fun, positive environment, promoting gardening and volunteerism? Why not work for MSHS? We have an opening for someone to join our staff. Here…

Romaine lettuce starts growing in a window box

Growing Lettuce for Early Eats

Growing lettuce is one of the best ways to get a super early harvest from your vegetable garden. Lettuce germinates quickly and reliably indoors under lights. You can also plant…

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Hot off the Press: Jewels of the Plains

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Jewels of the Plains By Claude A. Barr University of Minnesota Press 2015 Claude A. Barr was a…

It won't be long before the redbuds bloom.

Plant Profile: Redbud Tree

Don’t let today’s cold and rain bother you. It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing the soft pink clouds of bloom that surround the Minnesota-hardy redbuds that are so…