Landscape seminar

The chore of choosing which trees and shrubs to plant can be overwelming. Doug Danielsen, Bachman's nursery buyer, will lead a seminar, "Choosing Trees and Shrubs for Your Landscape," instructing homeowners on the right ones for different conditions and how to plant them successfully. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Cost is $10. To register, go to


Autumn lawns, gardens

Get your yard ready for the season at "Fall's for Planting," a day filled with live demonstrations at Gertens on Sept. 2. Learn about colorful fall containers at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; bulb care at 2 p.m.; fall turf maintenance at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., plus grill demos and landcape experts available throughout the day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, reservations requested at Gertens is located at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.


Thinking pink

At first blush, pink might seem like a bold color choice for the living room. But soft pink tones are a quick way to add elegance to your communal space.

"Blush pink is an amazing accent color for a living room, as it can act both as a bolder color or muted neutral," said Nicole Lanteri, a Virginia-based interior designer.

This color of the moment among millennials has presence without being distracting. It pairs well with bolder hues, such as Kelly green, bright yellow or cerulean blue, and creamy neutrals, including beiges, taupes, grays and whites.

The lighter, feminine hue "feels young and fun, while still being calm and restful," said Lanteri. It can be used to balance or brighten a space or add visual interest.


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