Edible garden tips and tricks

How can you make your veggie and herb gardens look as good as they taste? Jamie Durie, Australian horticulturist, HGTV star and author of "Edible Garden Design," will share tips on planting a pleasing garden, as well as demonstrating landscape design tricks for your back-yard retreat. Durie's talk and book signing is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pahl's Market, 6885 W. 160th St., Apple Valley. Cost is $30 and includes a copy of Durie's book. For tickets, go to www.pahls.com.

Northeast art show

Art-A-Whirl is a chance to get a close look at artists, their private studios and one-of-a-kind artworks for your home that you won't find in a catalog or chain store. The annual art extravaganza and sale in northeast Minneapolis features sculpture, pottery, paintings, textiles, metalwork, photography, mixed media and other works by more than 500 artists. The open studio tours include demonstrations, live performances and large-scale exhibitions. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday. For details and an Art-A-Whirl map, go to www.nemaa.org.

Cool containers

Planters filled with flowers really dress up a blah front entry or patio. Bachman's experts will show how to use the "thriller, filler and spiller" approach to creating eye-catching summer containers at the Minneapolis store, 6010 Lyndale Av. S. Pick a shade or sun workshop depending on your site. Sun workshops are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 p.m. next Sunday. Shade workshop is 6 to 8 p.m. May 21. Cost is $50 and includes materials. Register at www.bachmans.com or call 612-861-7600.