Plus: Make a fairy house for your garden
Is remodeling a bathroom or installing new energy-efficient windows on your 2013 to-do list? Home & Landscape Expo exhibitors will present seminars and offer expertise on a variety of home, yard and garden improvements, Jan. 4-6 and 11-13 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Katherine Whiteside, author of "The Way We Garden Now," will talk about landscape design, and visitors can schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a kitchen remodeling expert at the new Kitchen Zone. The expo also includes family activities and free family portraits.
Admission is $6 for adults, free for ages 17 and under. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For information on seminars and events, go to www.homeshowcenter. com, or call 952-881-5030.
Winter is a perfect time to create a fairy house for your spring garden. A fairy house workshop offered by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society gives step-by-step instructions for making a whimsical structure to tuck into your garden. The house, complete with chimneys and doors, will be made from concrete with stones and moss and other natural elements. The finished project will have a closed roof or an open top to insert a plant. You'll also learn how to make pathways and bridges. Materials are supplied, but you may want to bring old hardware such as a skeleton key, window latches and other trinkets to embellish your house. The two-part workshop is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 17 at Garden Treasures, 545 Cross St., Anoka. Cost is $40, $35 for members. To register, call 651-643-3601 or go to www.northerngardener.org.