New garden center

Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens, a landscape design and installation firm, recently opened a new retail garden center, GrowHaus, offering plants (perennials, annuals, natives and edibles), garden materials ranging from containers and garden art to mulches and soils, and home wares and gifts. GrowHaus will also serve as a garden "education hub," offering workshops, demonstrations and other events. GrowHaus is located at 7555 County Road 116 in Corcoran. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 763-420-2909, or visit


Daffodil mania

Surround yourself with hundreds of daffodil blooms at the Daffodil Society of Minnesota Show May 14-15 at Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. The event features a daffodil photography contest and door prizes; members will share growing tips for our northern climate. Hours are noon-6 p.m. May 14 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15. Call 612-861-7600.

Monarch rest stops

How can you help the eastern monarch butterfly, which is at risk of extinction? Learn how to attract monarchs and other pollinators along their migratory routes at the "Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop" from 10 a.m. to noon May 14 at Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Mpls. The free workshop covers the monarch life cycle, habitat needs, the role of milkweed and other plants. The event includes a native plant sale of monarch/pollinator favorites. For details, call 612-724-5652.

Building, gardening how-to

Gertens is holding three free seminars on May 14. "Warm up the Night" (11 a.m.) explains how to build an outdoor fireplace. "Perennial Gardening" (noon) explores plant varieties and colors, as well as fertilizing, soil amendment and care for a new or existing perennial garden. "Hydrangea 101" (1 p.m.) features care tips for this popular flowering shrub. Register at Gertens is at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.

Shady design

Is your patio in the shade? Bachman's "Summer Design Shade Container" seminar explains the "thriller, filler, spiller" rule using shade-loving plants in your pots. The workshops are from 2 to 4 p.m. May 14 and 6 to 8 p.m. May 31, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Cost is $50 and covers all materials. Register at or call 612-861-7600.

Art sales help the homeless

The Art 4 Shelter benefit is a chance to buy original art for your home while helping Simpson Housing Services, a nonprofit that aids the homeless. The exhibit and sale on May 11 features more than 1,000 original works on paper by emerging and established artists, priced from $30 to $90. The preview is from 6 to 7 p.m. and sale from 7 to 9 p.m. at Le Méridien Chambers, 901 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. Call 612-767-6900.