Lynn Messman of Gardens by Lynn Minnetonka

Winter is finally over, but is it time to plant outside? Not yet, according to Lynn Messman, owner of Gardens by Lynn in Minnetonka.

Two people place garden trimmings into a paper bag.

Fall is the perfect time to start getting a garden ready for winter.

Ralph Bashioum is a plastic surgeon by day and avid gardener and nurseryman by night, weekend—and just about any other time he can escape to his teeming yard. To Bashioum, the hobby is a pleasant respite and a natural extension of his day job.

Spring ushers in all sorts of good things, especially budding trees and blooming flowers. But not all new plant life is necessarily good—take garlic mustard, for example.

Kelley and Kelley Nursery in Long Lake has been a local institution for 95 years.

The St. Paul Farmers Market has been around since 1854, with items that are 100 percent locally grown, and it is still going strong. This month, there will be a Mother’s Day event where kids can participate in a free painted flower pot project on May 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Behind the garage or next to the garbage can in the alleys of Macalester Groveland, an unexpected bit of beauty can surprise and delight. It might be a single pot of petunias; it could be a few pepper plants or a row of hostas along a wall.

Heidi Henderson’s garden has grown from small tinkering to a full-blown passion. How can she tell? For starters, lawn mowing. What used to take just under two hours to mow now takes about seven. While her mother was an avid gardener, Henderson didn’t have much of a green thumb as a kid.

Jessie Jacobson, owner of Tonkadale Greenhouse in Minnetonka, has advice for gardeners who want to bring some green out of the yard and into the home.

For Beginners

Bonnie Blodgett’s Saint Paul garden is lush and full, sprawling yet intimate, and everything that many aspiring gardeners want in their own yards.