Budding flowers are a sure sign of spring. Stop in for casual instruction on designing containers with spring bulbs for indoors and out. Create a natural floral display, and learn how to care for it, with the help of design staff. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 and 8. Free. Tangletown Gardens, 5353 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. tangletowngardens.com.
Create a heart-shaped topiary as a gift to yourself or someone special. Use wire, scented greens, flowers and ribbons to craft a garden-fresh gift or decoration. 6 p.m. April 12. $49, register at 612-362-3133. Koehler & Dramm, 2407 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls.
Spring flower show
Savor the colors and scents of the season at “Spring Is in the Air,” a new spring flower show now on display at the Galleria. Bachman’s has transformed the shopping mall into a variety of floral vignettes filled with vibrant blooms from floor to ceiling. Daily through April 8. Free. 69th St. and France Av. S., Edina. Galleriaedina.com.
All about wood
Develop a discerning eye for wood varieties at a new class, “What’s That Wood? Identifying Woods in the Home,” sponsored by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Participants will learn about common woods used in Minnesota homes, based on period, house style and purpose. The class will meet at St. Paul’s Landmark Center and explore the variety of woods used in the building. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 19, $20, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. Register at mnpreservation.org.
Get fresh ideas for home design
Will this be the year that you remodel your home? Or start building your dream home? If it is, you’ll inevitably face lots of questions and decisions. Here’s your chance to glean ideas from award-winning architects, as well as homeowners who have gone through the process. It’s “Your Home, Your Way,” an evening of architecture and design sponsored by AIA Minnesota and the Star Tribune.
Panelists will offer an inside look at the process of creating a dream home, then answer questions.
For an extended conversation about your dream project, sign up for a 30-minute, one-on-one consultation with a design professional. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17, American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door, includes appetizers and a cash bar. Register at aia-mn.org/event/homeofthemonth.