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Annuals, perennials and native flowers for northern gardens


How to grow fruits in a northern climate


Light requirements, pests and diseases, forcing bulbs, fertilizing

Native plants

Native grasses, prairie plants, wildflowers and pollinator habitat

Trees and shrubs

Selecting, planting, watering, trimming, pruning, fertilizing, disease and insect pests


Planting and growing everything from asparagus to zucchini

Lawns and landscapes

Landscape design

Plant selection, maintenance, environmental benefits, bee lawns, special projects

Lawn care

Planting, growing, fertilizing, watering, dethatching, repairing

Flowers for pollinators

Grow bee lawns and pollinator friendly plants

For professionals

Resources and information for pesticide applicators and people working in lawn care, landscaping and nursery and greenhouse management

Water Wisely

Practice water conservation when watering lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs

Find plants

Trees and shrubs, native grasses and flowers

Master Gardeners

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Master Gardeners will answer your yard and garden questions by email, in person or over the phone.

About Master Gardeners

Master Gardener volunteers promote healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet.

Become a Master Gardener volunteer

Find out how to apply to be a Master Gardener and register for the core course.


Find the latest garden tours, landscaping seminars and other fun and educational activities to ignite your love of gardening this season.


Tan branch with dark green shiny leaves and pale green to light blue to purple speckled berries on a black background.

A member of the grape family, porcelain berry is a fast-growing,  deciduous, woody vine listed as a Restricted Noxious Weed in Minnesota.

Apples with brownish areas hanging on a tree.

While cooler weather has gotten a lot of people back out in their gardens, some are finding bleached spots on vegetables and fruits.

Bumble bee on a light purple flower.

Wild bee populations can fluctuate from year to year depending on environmental factors. If the weather or the flowers that grew the year before weren't optimal, you could be seeing fewer bees.

Yard and Garden News

Timely information to help you care for your yard and garden.


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