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Garden of the Week

Roses bloom in the garden of Forrest and Emily Nielsen of Grand Forks. Their garden will be apart of the 30th annual Grand Forks Horticulture Society's Garden Tour. (Photo by Wade Rupard/Grand Forks Herald)1 / 2
Forrest and Emily Nielsen's garden will be apart of the 30th annual Grand Forks Horticulture Society's Garden Tour. (Photo by Wade Rupard/Grand Forks Herald)2 / 2

Forrest and Emily Nielsen of Grand Forks have had their garden for more than 40 years, but she said it has really picked up over the last few years, after their children were grown and he retired.

“He’s always working on it,” Nielsen said of her husband.

The Nielsens have found that daylilies and hostas are two of the best-growing plants for them.

She said they also participate in NDSU research projects, where the university will send them seed packets with two different types of a certain plant. The Nielsens then plant them and evaluate their progress, reporting back to NDSU.

When it comes to inspiration for what to plant, Nielsen said they tend to look to their neighbors.

“The Grand Forks Horticulture Society has been very inspirational and helpful,” she said, adding that they go on the society’s garden tour every year.

Their garden is part of this year’s tour, wrapping up today from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets for the tour are available at the Myra Museum, 2405 Belmont Rd. in Grand Forks.

How does your garden grow?

Do you know of a yard deserving of the “Garden of the Week” title? Email your contact information and photos of the garden to accent@gfherald.com.

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