I love visiting gardens, and in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener, which is available on newsstands now, readers will get a guided tour of two marvelous Minnesota gardens. Meleah Maynard (with help from photog Linda Staats) walks you through the gorgeous home gardens of Lloyd and Patti Weber. The Webers love irises, hostas, and old-fashioned flowers, and all of them are showcased in this beautifully designed and cared for garden. I picked up several care tips that I had not heard before.
For a more dramatic garden, Terry Yockey writes about the Rochester garden of Vince and Mary Herring. To call this a garden is almost an understatement — the Herrings’ property includes a swimming hole, a grotto, multiple water features, and swaths of beautiful plants. I toured it in 2009 and found it amazing. MSHS members will get a chance to tour the garden (and seven other Rochester gardens) in person on July 9. For more information on the tour, check out the MSHS website.
In addition to the garden profiles, this issue includes Eric Johnson’s tomato tutorial (don’t miss the variety recommendations from a dozen great Minnesota gardeners), an informative story on variegated plants, and profiles of the winners of the MSHS Awards. Check it out.