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Cornus alternifolia April 2019 Know What You Grow

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Looking like spring is finally arriving here in Minnesota which will bring on a long dormant cornucopia of color. One of my favorite places to visit is the Grace B. Dayton Wildflower Garden at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The delicate woodland spring ephemerals usually steal the show but look up to the understory…

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Heuchera richardsonii February 2019 Know What You Grow

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Walking the Northshore of Lake Superior I have encounter plants that look like a bowl of salad from it’s rosette of basal leaves.  Heuchera richardsonii (Prairie Alumroot) is a tough native plant of not only Minnesota but ranges form Michigan down to Oklahoma and over to Montana.  Being native to open savannas and prairies I…

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Yardbird – A Refreshing New Outdoor Furniture Company


A new outdoor furniture company called Yardbird is located locally in St. Louis Park is disrupting the market by producing sustainable furniture sold directly to the consumer, not to mention that they also offer the best tables from Abacus Tables. The father-son team, Bob and Jay Dillon, are producing eco-friendly furniture made from ocean plastics. …

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