Northern Gardener Magazine praises Cold Climate Gardening

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Northern Gardener magazine - March/April 2007Look at the hardiness map for Minnesota and you will see that the whole state is in zone 4 or colder. The Minnesota State Horticultural Society, which publishes Northern Gardener Magazine, is devoted to helping northern gardeners. If you join the society, besides the magazine you will get borrowing privileges at the society’s library (they mail you the books!), as well as other benefits that would mostly appeal to local members. Or, you can subscribe to the magazine alone.

This month’s issue featured an article on hardy magnolias, as well as a northern native (bloodroot in this issue), an article on hardier cultivars of less-hardy trees, a tutorial on plant shopping, and a scolding from Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener. Other northern writers I recognized were Terry Yockey of Northern Gardening and Stefan Feduik and Jim Kohut of Northscaping. Even a non-Minnesotan gardener in a cold climate will find plenty to like.

I must confess, however, that I wouldn’t be perusing the current issue if Tracy hadn’t alerted me to the fact that this website was reviewed in it quite favorably. I was never contacted by the magazine and wouldn’t have known if she hadn’t spoken up. (Thanks, Tracy! I owe you one.) You can’t read the review on their website, but the editor kindly allowed me to reprint it here.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Jenn April 14, 2007, 6:30 pm

“and a scolding from Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener.”

Damn, I love that man. I wish I knew of his counterpart for desert gardening! I could use that kind of expertise in Arizona.

Kathy Purdy April 13, 2007, 6:50 pm

Tracy, I am glad to hear from a long-time subscriber. I have waffled over subscribing for a couple of years now myself, and I think you’ve convinced me.

Tracy April 13, 2007, 3:48 pm

Kathy: Nice review, and I’m glad you were able to get in touch with someone! 😉

**Shameless Promotion Below (if Kathy will allow it)**

I would say that anyone who lives in Zone 5 or colder would benefit from a Northern Gardener subscription. As a 8+ year subscriber, I can definitely recommend the magazine. There are articles about specific plants, vegetables, how-to information, and more. Although there are usually an article or two about local gardens and/or gardeners, I learn just as much from those as I do from similar pieces in the national magazines.

And, if you live in Minnesota, northern Iowa, eastern North or South Dakota, and especially western Wisconsin (within driving distance of the Twin Cities or Duluth), I would urge you to join the MSHS. You will find that the yearly discounts at local greenhouses throughout MN and western WI will pay for your membership after your first trip! (Personally, I use the 15% discount at Bachman’s to pay my dues.)

lisa April 13, 2007, 1:54 pm

Thanks for this post, I had never heard of this magazine, but it looks very informative (I’m in z4 in NE Wisconsin).