What’s the Deal with Dahlias?

By Val McGruder, Hennepin County Master Gardener I never planned to become a “Dahlia Dabbler.” I purchased the tubers intending to send them to a relative in Hawaii. The name of them was “Aloha” which I thought was perfect for … Continue reading

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Herbs in the Middle Ages

By Deb Revier, Hennepin County Master Gardener Herbs have always had an air of mystery surrounding them. They have been used for food and flavoring; for their aroma, for cosmetics, and for dyes, but the oldest uses seem to be … Continue reading

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Go for It! Becoming a Master Gardener (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a 3 part series, written by Val McGruder, Hennepin County Master Gardener Working for the Annual Plant Sale and Learning Garden Tour Note: The Hennepin County Master Gardener program is 100% self-funded. We have two … Continue reading

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Go for It! Becoming a Master Gardener (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series, written by Val McGruder, Hennepin County Master Gardener My Mentor Relationship The first year, the master gardener in training is an intern, and is assigned a mentor. The mentor is a … Continue reading

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Go for It! Becoming a Master Gardener (Part 1)

This is part 1 of a 3 part series, written by Val McGruder, Hennepin County Master Gardener The Application Process I sent in my application, including my six researched questions and my three references.  I dropped it in the mail, … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Creeping Bellflower

By Meleah Maynard, Hennepin County Master Gardener Here’s a good piece of gardening advice. If someone says that they have a ginormous amount of a certain plant and they want to give you some, RUN AWAY. Yes, creeping bellflower is … Continue reading

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Veggies in an Old Mop Bucket

By Kathy Frederickson, Hennepin County Master Gardener The first thing to remember about gardening is that there really aren’t any rules when it comes to your own garden.  Do you want a formal garden where everything is in its place … Continue reading

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Japanese Gardens: More Than You Realize!

By Deb Revier, Hennepin County Master Gardener Sei-Sui-Tei Say what??  That happens to be the formal name for the Japanese garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  And what a garden it is.  It’s an especially nice place to visit on … Continue reading

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Removing a Tree, Killing a Lawn and Starting Over

By Karen Valerio, Hennepin County Master Gardener I have a beautiful pin oak in my front yard, which has provided more than 20 years of extensive shade for my home.   Over the last three years, it has been slowly dying.  … Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals at the Arboretum

By Deb Revier, Hennepin County Master Gardener After seven months of winter, or so it seems, I had to see something in a color other than grey or brown.  Since most of the garden color in my yard is on … Continue reading

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