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Bee & Butterfly Boulevard Beds

We’re creating Bee-friendly and Butterfly-attracting boulevard gardening options! A Garden with a Greater Purpose An effective way to garden with a greater goal is to…

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Mosquito-Repellent Plants

No one likes having to share their patio with mosquitoes. Keeping them away is as simple as growing mosquito-repellent plants! You can plant mosquito repelling…

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Perennial of the moment… The Peony

Peonies are about to burst! These colossal blooming perennials always catch my eye and my nose. Hurry up and stake yours if you haven’t yet, they are about to bloom in the landscape.

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Gardening With Mom-(80s & Original Mom Jeans)

Mom wasn’t a farmer, but she could grow a mean head of cauliflower. One of my fondest childhood memories is spending countless hours out in the garden with my mom.

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vitis frontenac grape vine

You can grow grapes in MN. Get started today!

Tomatoes, apples, blueberries, raspberries and other tasty fruits are fun to plant and watch grow into treats for your dinner plate, but did you know…

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How to grow veggies like a rockstar!

What do you need to grow vegetables– and actually have something to show for it? Think prep early, and reap the reward later.

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It’s About That Thyme: Herb Care & Food Pairings

As Minnesotans, we know how short summers can seem. We tolerate grocery store greens most of the year, and look forward to the season where…

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Potted Basil Seedlings

What to do with all that Basil?

I love basil – the smell reminds me of my great-grandmother’s kitchen and always makes me hungry. Yet, aside from a couple caprese salads, I never seem to use much and always end up cutting down a giant plant in the fall.

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Spring Grass Care

  Turf 101 To get started right away on a great looking lawn, lightly rake to loosen up dead grass and thatch from the previous…

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Rudbeckia Black Eyed Susan in mason jar

Cut Flower Gardening – Planting and Decorating

Design simple, stunning bouquets with plants from your own garden.  A landscape can be more than just curb appeal and trees for shade.  Consider how you like to enjoy your beautiful home on the inside.

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Ferns and Succulent Planters in the Greenhouse

A Little Springspiration

It’s Spring. If you weren’t sure, just take a look at the high schoolers in their shorts at the bus stop. These seemingly crazy kids…

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Create a Car Stopping Window Box Display

Create a car stopping window box display This 4 foot window box is loaded to the MAX with some great color and essential greens. You…

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Decorated Kissing Balls

Holiday Decorating

I would like to introduce you to one of our favorite little doodads, a kissing ball!  Kissing balls are made of fir bough branches tucked…

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Container Design for Fall

  SIMPLE DESIGN FOR FALL *Container design for fall can be fun and rewarding. When you hit the garden center in September there are way…

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African violets pet friendly

African Violet-Pet Friendly Houseplant

African violets are pet friendly. Fido and Mr Kitty can rest easy knowing these traditional blooming plants are not going to give them a belly…

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Fall Grass Seed

Fall grass seeding may be on your mind and we have a few expert tips to help you along. The MN lawn that survives through…

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To the Cabin! & the plants to bring along.

Gardening at the Lake Low maintenance, winter hardy and deer resistant plants for cabin. Why not incorporate some easy maintenance beds to your favorite family…

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10 Plants You Didn’t Know Repel Mosquitoes

“Minnesota has two seasons, winter and road construction.”
“We’ve got 20,000 lakes when it rains.”
“The state bird? Mosquito.”

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Residential Rain Garden-DIY

Residential Rain Garden-Lesson & Design Become a water hunter! Run off from homes and patios often runs straight into city drain systems, this could be…

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Gardening for life! Growing plants that produce fruit is delightful for your spirit and your dish of ice cream. Strawberries are probably one of the…

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What is a Spring Clean up?

Clean up your garden and get ready to start growing! The purpose of a spring clean-up is to prepare the garden for the upcoming growing season.

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Spring Sweet Spring

Spring is arriving with her later than usual April showers this week. The challenging weather can make it hard to get out and enjoy your…

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Chinese Money Plant–Pilea Peperomiodes

The sometimes hard to find, Chinese money plant, or Pilea has become a hit in the gardening and home decor world.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that…

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Pussy Willow Stems

Pussy Willow stems are the plant of the week! We have all kinds of indoor plants here at the garden center, but when it comes to outdoor planting…

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Tips on caring for houseplants

This is the time of year when we get a lot of questions about houseplants at Sunnyside. We Minnesotans are coming out of a dark, cold, dry winter season and your plants may be showing signs of distress.

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9 Houseplants That Clean the Air

Decorate your home and benefit from clean air with houseplants! The NASA Clean Air Study found that many common indoor plants provide a natural way…

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Christmas tree…how lovely are your branches.

Christmas Tree Holiday decorating at it’s best!  The Christmas tree can be a unique expression of you and your family.  Sentimental items hung from every…

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Landscape Maintenance

Protecting tender plants

Some plants aren’t as tough as others.This can be a grim fact to face for northern gardeners. We invest our sweat, lower backs and money into certain plants only to see them crumple and die by the cold hands of our Minnesota winter.

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Eucalyptus Pods and Pine Boughs

Scented Greens. That smelly time of year!

Delightfully scented, that is. This pre-holiday season, late fall is known as one of the more aromatic times of the year.

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