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Minnesota State Horticultural Society

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July 2014
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In This Issue
Prairie Restorations
Garden-in-a-Box Program Needs Your Help
MSHS Award Nominations Due Aug. 1
Volunteer at the State Fair
MSHS State Fair Plant Show
Humble Acres Tour
White Flower Farm Membership Benefit
Educational Programs
Thank You, Donors
HC Master Gardener Learning Tour
Mickman Bros.
Notes from Northern Gardener Blog
Seed Savers Exchange Conference
Advertise in the Northern Gardener Enews
Quick Links
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The Longest Bloomers

The truth about perennials is most of them only bloom two to four weeks, but not all. We have suggestions for perennials that provide weeks and weeks of extra bloom.


A Memory Garden

Myra Peterson's suburban garden stops traffic with its perfectly matched plants and sweeping design. Created in memory of her son, it's a garden for comfort, healing and beauty.


Friends of the Bees

With the right plants and techniques, home gardeners can be among the bees' best friends. In this story, we profile two young beekeepers and offer suggestions for creating a bee haven in your yard.



Sedge Your Bets: 10 unusual carex species

Edamame: Edible, exotic, delicious


Grow Your Front Yard: How to add vegetables to front gardens


Have Gardening Questions
U of M Extension
Gardening ?s
Check out the University of Minnesota Extension's source of reliable, local information published on the web. Click here to learn about growing plants indoors, in flower or vegetable gardens, and in landscapes.
MSHS & Planet Green
Planet Green
MSHS is participating in a recycling program, Planet Green, that recycles used inkjet cartridges and cell phones. Drop off your items during regular business hours. Commit to improving the environment
Northern Gardener
magazine Calendar of Events and online calendar



Submit your horticulture or nature-related events for magazine and/or online publication.

And view great programs in your gardening community all year round!


Click here for more information and submission form.  



Minnesota Grown

MSHS' Garden-in-a-Box Program 


This program donates raised bed garden boxes, soil, vegetable plants, and educational materials to low-income families, communities, and school children.

Garden-in-a-Box Retail Boxes Sold Out!   

Thank you to everyone who purchased a garden box - we are currently sold out! All proceeds go back to the Garden-in-a-Box program.

Thank you for your support, and enjoy your gardens!

MSHS Online Gateway 

Log In to the MSHS Online Gateway 

By creating an account with a user log-in and password, you can securely manage your MSHS account. Join or renew your membership or subscription, make a donation, sign up to take a class, or register for a special event.

*PLEASE NOTE: If you receive emails from MSHS, you already have an account. Click here to reset your password; an email will be sent to you so that you can create a new password and log in.

The Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has started!


Welcome summer blooms by visiting the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul's Como Park - the Summer Flower Show in the Sunken Garden runs May 3 to October 5, 2014.

Seed Savers Exchange 

Seed Savers Exchange 

A great summer destination! 

Walker Art Center 


Visit the sculpture garden this summer.

This edition of the enews is sponsored by: 
Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Let's start "Sowing it Back Together!"

Converting as little as 25% of your landscape to native plants can help save birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Visit our retail stores or website to discover how you can help. Retail Stores in Princeton, Scandia and Duluth.




Sowing it Back Together


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The Garden-in-a-Box Program Needs Your Help 

Looking for English to Spanish translation.

We have an immediate need for translation of a one-page document-a simple photo release form. There are more documents we could use in the future to assist low-income families to participate in Garden-in-a-Box. Your help to assist this donation program would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Cindy Gilbert: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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MSHS Award Nominations Due Aug. 1


  • Garden Clubs - nominate one of your community projects
  • Districts - nominate a garden club
  • Community Gardens - nominate one of your coordinators
  • 4H - nominate a youth involved in a gardening project
  • Parents - nominate an outstanding hort./ag. teacher

We need you to help us identify and celebrate the accomplishments of your community members.


Please don't miss this opportunity to recognize their efforts.


Click here for more information on categories and the nomination form.



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Northern Gardener Store Savings







T-Shirt Clearance SALE

Your purchases support the mission of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.


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Volunteer at the Minnesota State Fair 
August 21 through Labor Day  


Join MSHS at the Minnesota State Fair and receive free admission the day you volunteer. 


Please click here to view the MSHS State Fair volunteer schedule.

MSHS is also looking for volunteers to help prepare for the fair. We need help marking merchandise, folding t-shirts, packing up and assembling membership totes.  


Please contact Diane if you're interested and available at 651-643-3601 ext 208 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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nullMSHS State Fair Cactus, Succulent and Potted Plant Show  
August, 21 & 22  
State Fair Ag/Hort Building

It's not too soon to start thinking about entering our exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. Visit our website for more information and the categories.  Special exhibits, kids, individuals and businesses are all welcome and encouraged to enter.


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Humble Acres Tour


'The Way of the Happy Gardener'

2014 Shop Tour

Friday-Sunday, July 11 to 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Enjoy a less hectic, eclectic tour in the peaceful St. Croix River valley. Spend time with family and friends meandering through our unique garden shops, exploring an interesting mix of fun treasures, garden art and plants.

  • This year's theme: BEE-Happy
  • Pollinators Book Presentation by Heather Holm
  • Plants, plants and more plants
  • Artists
  • Expert gardening advice
  • Garden give-a-ways

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White Flower Farm Mail order Credit


New MSHS members: have you taken advantage of your $25.00 merchandise credit with White Flower Farm? Don't let this membership benefit slip through your fingers! You have 12 months from the time you joined MSHS to utilize the credit. It's simple, just give the representative the source code of "4S047" when placing your order or enter the source code in the comment section when ordering online. or 1-800-503-9624


White Flower Farm will also donate a 10% rebate of all your future orders to MSHS - mention you are a member of MSHS when ordering.


Lisa Williams-Hardman

Membership Services Coordinator 

651-643-3601/1-800-676-6747 ext. 204 

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Educational Programs 

Beer Tasting, Hops and Hot Sauce

Wednesday, August 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

$30 Members, $35 Nonmembers

Day Block Brewing, 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis,

Enjoy samples of Day Block Brewing's beers and complimentary pizza with commentary from master brewer Paul Johnston. Learn about making canned and fermented pepper sauces. Find out how you balance between heat and flavor. Then more on hops - harvesting, processing, and pest/disease control.

Please register by August 11 at 651-643-3601 or 
Learn more and register


Fall Plantings - Hardy Shrubs for Minnesota

Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

$25 Members, $35 Nonmembers

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum and Reception Center, 3600 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

It's the perfect time to plant shrubs and get them established before winter. Appetizers will be served. A short walking tour of the beautiful grounds with famous memorials is optional.  

Each attendee will receive a FREE Proven Winners new introduction shrub.

Speaker: Mark Armstead. 
Or call: 651-643-3601 / 1-800-676-6747  
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Thank You, Donors

Our fiscal year just ended on June 30th, and we'd like to take this time to thank everyone who contributed to MSHS. Your gift of support has introduced over 1,200 children and 140 families to gardening - many for the first time. Your gift provides donated plant material to greening spaces throughout the state of Minnesota and helps spread the word about the benefits of gardening at our events.

Thank you!  
Diane Duvall
Development Coordinator
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Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Tour


Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets available for $15.00 in advance here


Join us for our 8th Annual Learning Tour in the Northeast and Southeast areas of Minneapolis and the Longfellow neighborhood. Visit 8 beautiful gardens tended by Master Gardeners. Be sure to check out our Garden Shed at location C. Tour will be held rain or shine.


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Mickman Bros. 

Mickman Brothers' full service Garden Center offers a full spectrum of products and services to supply the needs of nearly all gardeners. Growing most of their own annuals and perennials, they have one of the best selections in the north metro. They also offer delivery and/or planting services for their full selection of trees and shrubs.


Mickman Brothers also operates Design/Build Landscaping and Landscape Irrigation departments and their Certified Arborists provide tree pruning services and preventative injections for Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm disease, etc.

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Water With Ease...

9-Pattern ColorStorm™ Turret Sprinkler


Nine water patterns supply a variety of functions for the lawn and garden. Patterns range from circle to half-circle to rectangle and many more. Allows the flexibility to water only area you need watered; Works for small and large yards. Great item for kids to run through! Made with a heavy-duty metal base and has a molded hook for easy storage. Available in six vibrant colors to accent any lawn. Click here for more information & to see it in use. 

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Notes from Northern Gardener Blog 
Thirsty Squirrels? 
Photo courtesy Creative Commons 
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons 
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 a squash there, they may not be hungry (or just plain vindictive). They are thirsty, according to Dina Kountoupes of Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes. Consider placing a low dish of water near your garden (but not in it) to give the squirrels (and the birds!) something to drink.


Let us know if this works.


The post Thirsty Squirrels? appeared first on Notes from Northern Gardener.


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Seed Savers Exchange Conference
Interested in seed saving? Learning how to root cellar and store your harvests? Deepen your understanding of the culinary arts? Take advantage of several workshops, talks, and activities to learn new skills for your garden, kitchen, and community. Bryan Welch - a leader in the back-to-the-land movement and publisher of Mother Earth News - will keynote the 34th Annual Conference and Campout at Seed Savers Exchange. The conference will be held July 18 - 20, 2014 at beautiful Heritage Farm near Decorah, Iowa.  
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Promote your gardening or outdoors-related business, organization, or event. Please contact Tom McKusick at 651-643-3601 ext. 205 / 1-800-676-6747 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information on advertising in the Northern Gardener Enews.

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