Dylan Thomas

Growing to the extremes

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The Department of Agriculture released the first update to its plant hardiness zone map in two decades this winter, confirming what many area gardeners already suspected: Minnesota winters, on average, just aren’t as cold as they used to be.

The little island of Zone 5a floating south of downtown Minneapolis was welcomed in these parts, even if its arrival didn’t surprise adventurous green thumbs already tending Japanese maples or Lenten roses. But there’s more to Minnesota’s climate story. 

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