The borderline between gardening and art is to be explored next week in an "Art in the Garden" tour in Hastings.

The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council is staging an event giving visitors "an opportunity to learn how the arts are interwoven through beautiful gardens, music, art and literature."

The tour is July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person if you buy before July 5 and $12 on the day of the event.

Call 612-309-9936 or visit Or you can buy tickets at the Hastings YMCA, the Tree House or Rustic Gardens, Hastings, or St. Croix Interiors & Orange Dragon Art Gallery in Prescott.


Dance program looks at the 'natural world'

The Dodge Nature Center is presenting a summer dance program called "Moving with the Natural World."

The program is July 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and it's intended for anyone from kindergartners to seniors.

The 320-acre center speaks of experiencing its "beautiful prairie … in a new way: through movement. We will use creative movement and simple community dances to heighten our understanding of and connection to the natural world. We will move as blossoming trees, the rippling grass, a wave of water, a snail's spiral or a migrating bird."

No dance experience is necessary. The cost for adults is $12 and for children $6, except that it's free for those ages 2 and younger.

The guide is Emily Jarrett Hughes, artistic director of Living Wisdom, teaching artist and performer with Ethnic Dance Theatre.

To learn more, go to

Preregistration at is encouraged. Meet at the entrance, at 365 Marie Av. W., West St. Paul.

Free wine tasting is put on by nature center

The annual free Wine Tasting Open House is being presented by Dodge Nature Center July 16 in Lilydale.

The event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Sunfish Cellars Wine & Spirits, 803 Sibley Memorial Highway.

Organizers urge anyone interested to taste a selection of Sunfish Cellar's "organic, biodynamic and sustainably produced wines and enjoy hors d'oeuvres with other Dodge enthusiasts."

Staff reports