The NDSU Extension Master Gardener Blog

Welcome to our newest effort to keep you informed

Since July 2015 our team of research-driven Master Gardeners have provided a beautiful, informative newsletter, The Dirt.
Now, we invite you to join us as we expand into a format that is both easily searchable and shareable, our blog.

Recent Blog Posts

Japanese Gardens

Honoring the divinity in nature, many are designed for meditation By Anne Blankenship, NDSU Extension Master Gardener, Exoticized by Westerners and deployed by the Japanese for diplomatic purposes at World’s Fairs and sister cities around the globe, Japanese gardens are now one of the most recognizable styles of pleasure gardens. Inspired by Buddhist monks […]

Classical Chinese Scholar Gardens

Ancient gardens designed to reflect a balanced life by Anne Blankenship, NDSU Extension Master Gardener Intern, Chinese gardens intended for leisure first appeared alongside emperors’ palaces but were soon replicated within the courtyards of merchants, civic leaders, and scholars. These scholar gardens gained popularity during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Sophisticated gardens became a point […]

New Gardener FAQs

By Laura Kourajian, Certified NDSU Extension Master This year we may feel increased concern regarding food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This, along with the movement to learn where our food comes from and the desire to provide our own food, may lead more people to invest in growing their own vegetables and […]

About Us

We are NDSU Extension Master Gardener, changing lives one garden at a time.

The Master Gardener program goes beyond ordinary to invest in creating leaders who serve the needs of their communities. Master Gardeners become ambassadors, assisting NDSU Extension in providing accurate and environmentally sustainable horticultural advice.