Start planning your best garden ever at your local library. Master gardeners will present more than a dozen free programs on topics including rain gardens, edible landscapes, vegetable and container gardening at Hennepin County libraries this month. For a schedule, go to and type "Master Gardener" in the search box or call your local library.


A rain garden workshop offers an overview of rain gardens and a chance to complete a rain garden design with landscape designers and master gardeners, 6 to 9 p.m. Thu., Hopkins Activity Center, 33 14th Av. N., Hopkins. Cost is $15. To register, go to or call 651-698-1390.


Outside yellow daffodils, rhododendrons and hyacinth are in bloom at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Inside, a wide range of events:

"Living With Orchids" exhibit of hundreds of species and hybrids ends April 29. All About Dogs Day includes a walk along the three-mile drive and Pet Expo from 9 to 11 a.m. this Sat. Cost is $25 for each dog.

"Grow Your Own Food" features tips on selecting vegetables for your garden and recipes, 10 a.m. to noon Sat. Cost is $35 to $45. To register, call 952-443-1422.

Weekend Family Fun offers hands-on learning programs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Easter Bunny Brunch with seatings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost ranges from $9 to $23.49. Springtime Tea, 2:30 to 4 p.m. next Wed. Cost is $26. For reservations, call 612-626-3951.

Arboretum admission is $12 for adults; free for members and ages 12 and younger. Free every third Thursday of the month after 4:30 p.m. 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska. Visit or call 952-443-1400.