Styling your entryway

Create a good first impression and amazing curb appeal with a welcoming front-door garden.

Change the look of the garden throughout the year. Give your entry garden seasonal updates with bulbs in spring, annuals in summer, mums in fall and evergreens for winter. Containers can be moved around to alter the look.

Create focal points between the street and the house. Match the hardscaping and plants to the architectural style of the home. Choose plants that will thrive in the site's soil, light and climate conditions.

Another tip: Use plants that suit your lifestyle, including low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants.

Choose plants that are in scale with the house, and combine annuals with established foundation plants to give the landscape new life and a fresh look.

Landscape for safety; include lighting, sturdy walkways and easily visible house numbers. Plan your landscape to be enjoyed from all angles and to appeal to the senses. Fountains and waterfalls mask urban noise, and fragrant plants scent the air.

Accent the front door. If you paint the door a vibrant color — robin's-egg blue or red, for example — white roses would look lovely flanking the walkway.

Use a mix of perennials, shrubs and trees to create layers of color and texture.


Building materials

DIY dads and other handy types are invited to the Father's Day building materials warehouse sale put on by Natural Built Home and Castle Building & Remodeling. Home improvement products, including windows, doors, sinks, faucets, tile, light fixtures, countertops and flooring, will be discounted for the sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the warehouse, 2710 E. 33rd St., Mpls. For more information, go to

Arts, crafts by the river

Looking for one-of-a-kind art that you won't find in a catalog or a chain store? Next weekend's Stone Arch Bridge Festival features 250 artists offering photography, pottery, paintings, fine crafts, mixed media and other works under the trees along the Mississippi River in the St. Anthony Main district of Minneapolis.

In addition to art, you'll find interactive family activities and live music on three stages throughout the day and into the evening. Artist booth hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday. For more information, go to

Hort Society open house

No space for outdoor pots? Get tips on how to plant and maintain a vegetable garden in your kitchen at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Elizabeth Millard, local author of "Indoor Kitchen Gardening," will give a presentation and sign books from 10 to 11 a.m. The free event features a plant sale, including succulents and cactus, vendors, demonstrations, refreshments and prize drawings. 2705 Lincoln Dr., Roseville. Call 651-643-3601 for information.