Whether you want to remake an entire room or simply just change a wall color, Gabberts’ design series can help. The four-part workshop covers personal design styles, principles of design, psychology of color and how to measure and design a floor plan. Classes meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, July 29 and 31 at Gabberts, 69th Street and France Avenue S., Edina. Cost is $95, including workbook and one-hour design consultation with the instructor. Register at www.gabberts.com or call 952-928-3123.
We wait all year for the summer garden’s profusion of cutting flowers. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s floral-design expert will demonstrate how to create a “Garden Bounty Centerpiece” for the table using Arboretum cuttings and other locally grown flowers and vegetables, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The class includes tips on when to clip flowers, how to keep them fresh and how to layer and shape an arrangement. Cost is $100, $80 for members, and includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers and supplies. The Arboretum is at 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska. To register, go to www.arboretum.umn.edu or call 612-301-1210.
History by bicycle
Hop on your bike to travel a stretch of Pleasant and Bryant Avenues in south Minneapolis to view a historic architectural timeline of 1880s Victorian to 1920s Revival-style homes. The Preserve Minneapolis-sponsored biking tour includes exploring the evolving residential and commercial architecture along these streets and why some of the historic homes and blocks in this neighborhood are threatened with demolition. The Bryant and Pleasant Avenues Biking Tour is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and covers about 8 miles. Cost is $8; register at www.preserveminneapolis.org or call 612-695-7572.
Parade of ponds
Here’s a chance to get a glimpse of lovely landscapes hidden in Twin Cities area back yards, as well as gather ideas for installing and designing ponds, waterfalls and water gardens. The Minnesota Water Garden Society’s annual tour showcases ponds of all sizes, shapes and styles — from a 250-gallon goldfish-filled pond at the edge of a patio in Plymouth to a 4,000-gallon pond with a stream and waterfall that’s deep enough for swimming in Eden Prairie. Tourgoers can visit the 13 sites from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. For tickets, garden descriptions and maps, go to www.mwgs.org or call 612-803-7663.