With our rugged climate, variable soils and many elevations, gardening in Montana can be downright bewildering for newcomers to the state and Montana natives, too. Whether they’re trying to make a begonia bloom or coping with early frosts, gardeners across the state look to this Horticulture Program for expert, no-nonsense advice. From selecting shrubs that stand a chance against an Eastern Montana winter to raising vegetables at the higher elevations or coping with the saline soils of the hi-line, “Northern Gardening Tips” help Montanans surmount their horticultural hurdles. Cheryl Moore-Gough MS, is a Horticulture Specialist from Montana State University. During the years that MSU Extension’s call-in gardening hotline was in operation, Cheryl Moore-Gough responded to calls and e-mails by the hundreds. She also shed light on specific plant maladies at MSU’s Schutter Diagnostic Lab. Currently, Moore-Gough teaches in the MSU department of Plant Sciences.