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 by Diane McGann and goes with her article on gardening for privacy. Most beautiful gardens have some areas that are secluded or hidden in order to give the gardener and visitors a sense of privacy. While fences are great, that’s just the beginning of your privacy-producing options, Diane says, which include hedges, tall plants, shrubs and even well placed patio pots.
Elsewhere in the issue, Meleah Maynard profiles David Zlesak, a passionate plantsman, who is responsible for some of the best northern plants around. David, who was educated at the University of Minnesota and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, is the mind behind some of the Oso Happy roses, Little Devil ninebark, Tuscan Sun heliopsis and several kinds of ageratum. His favorite plant that he has created is the relatively new apricot-colored climbing rose First Editions® Above and Beyond™. This is a beautifully written profile of a real horticultural hero.
That’s just the beginning of what’s in this issue. Michelle Mero Riedel suggests a dozen pint-sized plants perfect for edging your borders. Martin Stern tells “A Tale of Two Terraces,” which explains how he created garden respites for two high-rise dwellers. Samantha Johnson talks about growing dry beans, recommending four favorites. Claudia Broman consulted with several plant lovers and herbalists to find out which plants work best for deterring mosquitoes. As usual, our great columnists check in with articles on everything from a new disease affecting tomatoes to USDA Zone 5 North American native shrubs and trees to try in our area.
You can pick up Northern Gardener at many garden centers around the Midwest, as well as at Barnes and Noble stores, Byerly’s and Lund’s stores and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Or, subscribe or join MSHS to have it delivered to your door every two months.