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Forum staff reports, Published April 21 2012

Dorothy Collins’ garden clippings collected in book

As anyone living in the Red River Valley can attest, gardening in one of the coldest climates of the United States isn’t easy.

But Dorothy Collins never seemed to let our geography get the best of her gardens, or her enthusiasm for gardening. Perhaps that’s why there’s still interest in her garden writing.

Collins, a longtime editor and writer for The Forum, was a journalistic trailblazer for women in North Dakota journalism. But even though she paved the way for future women to succeed in the newspaper business, it was her gardening columns that continued to resonate with Forum readers, until her death in 2008.

Anyone wanting to read more of her green thumb prose should be interested in “Flowers Between the Frost: How to Grow Great Gardens in Short Seasons.”

The book, which collects some of Collins’ garden writing, has been released through the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies. The book can be ordered, for $14.95, through the Institute’s website, www.ndsu.edu/ahss/ndirs/publications, or by mail:

ND Institute for Regional Studies

NDSU Dept 2360

PO Box 6050

Farg0 ND 58108-6050