The dirt: garden party and toast & taste

  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Take a stroll through Noerenberg Gardens.

Garden party

Noerenberg Gardens is throwing an evening garden party among the blooming phlox, bee balm, daylilies, Veronica and foxglove, 6 to 8 p.m. July 25 on Lake Minnetonka. Events include guided tours of the grounds, music, activities for children, historical displays and door prizes. Admission is $5. Noerenberg Gardens, 2840 North Shore Dr., Orono. Call 763-559-6700.

Feta and phlox

Fine food and wine will be served among the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds at the annual “Toast & Taste” benefit, 6 to 9 p.m. July 25. The menu includes lamb skewers, turkey-feta-spinach sliders, chocolate cake and other fresh cuisine prepared by top Twin Cities chefs and restaurants. Regional wineries and breweries will pour samples of wines and ales and offer tips on tasting and pairing. Activities include live music and strolls through the arboretum gardens in their July glory. Tickets $75, starts at 7 p.m.; $125 pre-party patron reception at 6 p.m. To reserve, call 612-625-9875 or visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/toastandtaste.aspx.

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