Gardens

A Great Time to Plant is Now!

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

You might not be able to tell from advertisements or the plant stock at some retailers, but we are in a prime time planting period: late summer and fall! This has the Minnetrista Horticulture crew making plans to get plants in the ground and transplant what we can!

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These Arenít Your Garden-Variety Containers

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Containers can add form, texture, and color to areas that have limited garden spaces, like around buildings, sidewalks, vertical walls, and patios. The traditional container with annuals is great for beautifying your home, but next year you may want to try something different. Here are unique container displays that you can see at Minnetrista.

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Crown Rot makes for Rotten News

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 3:45:00 pm

 

 

When you manage 21 acres of gardens and natural areas like we do at Minnetrista, the last thing you want to hear from one of your gardeners is that they found a plant disease and that it is moving fast. I hoped she was wrong. After checking it out myself, she most certainly wasn’t. It’s affecting hostas on the Minnetrista Boulevard. Now what?  

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Plants Echo History in the Formal Garden

Posted by: Elaine Deichmeister on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Last fall Minnetrista Horticultural staff planted several new additions to the Formal Garden. These selections pay homage to the Victorian garden styles of the late 19th century. Here is a preview of what you’ll see blooming this summer. Why not add some old fashioned favorites to your own yard?

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7 Tips For Dividing Your Wonderful Water Lilies

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30:00 pm

Spring is a great time to divide hardy water lilies. We recently divided the water lilies in the pond behind the Lucius Ball home here at Minnetrista. If you have a hardy water lily at your home, here are some things to keep in mind when dividing or planting.

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Brown Needles on Your Evergreen? It could be winter injury

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

 

After average winters, it can be common for evergreens to show what is generally referred to as “winter injury” in late winter or spring. As you might expect after a winter like we’ve had, it can be even more widespread. You might be noticing this now in your own yard and at Minnetrista I’ve noticed it, too. 

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DIY Project: Self-watering Planters from Reused Materials

Posted by: Elaine Deichmeister on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm

Are you ready for spring? Jump start the season with this do-it-yourself gardening idea.  This project uses reused soda bottles and household materials to create beautiful, self-watering planters. They are economical, decorative, eco-friendly, and fun to make! 

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Fake a Topiary!

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00:00 pm

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Topiaries are great pieces of living garden art that can add form and structure to your garden. You might think topiaries are only made by clipping shrubs into various shapes. While that is one way to make a topiary, you can also fake one by training a vine, like English ivy, to grow on a frame. It’s easier, quicker, and more affordable. 

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Quick Tips for Selecting a Tree Contractor

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

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A common question I get from readers, especially after writing about trees, is if I can recommend a tree professional. I don’t mind telling people whom Minnetrista uses, but I like to  first mention some important tips that should be considered when choosing a tree contractor. Check them out below!  

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The British are Coppicing, and You Can Too

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm

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Coppicing, pollarding, pleach, fedge, and cordon. All of these are strange and intriguing botanical terms that I’ve encountered on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website. What do they mean? Well, I’ll leave it to you to look up the last four. I’m just going to tell you about the first—coppicing.

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