Gardener at work in one of the Frogtown Community gardens.

Minnesota Green at Work in Frogtown

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. “Public health and urban development research bears this out: you will be healthier if you live near a green…

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Gardening with All Five Senses

It’s that time of year when garden clubs, Master Gardener groups and community organizations hold garden tours. Walking through gardens created by talented amateurs is a great way to learn…

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Magnificent Monarda

I’ve been to several garden tours over the past couple of weeks and one plant that looks fantastic in every garden is bee balm (Monarda). If you are not familiar…

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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…

Giant allium add fun to the landscape.

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…