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Author Archives: Karen Valerio
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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