Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is hosting its annual floral soiree. Stroll through the gardens near Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka with a guide or on your own. The collection includes shrubs, ornamental shade trees and a vast daylily collection. Check out the historic barn and displays. The event includes live music, children’s activities and door prizes, 6 to 8 p.m. July 19. Cost is $5. 2840 North Shore Dr., Orono. Register at threeriversparks.org or call 763-559-6700.
Pollinator-friendly gardens are the highlight of a self-guided tour through residential properties in Andover and Ramsey, organized by Andover Pollinator Awareness Project. Visitors can view native plantings, water features and an Anoka residence designated a registered Monarch Waystation, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21. Free. Maps available at pollinatorawareness.wordpress.com.
Pollinating bees are an asset to nature. Learn about beekeeping and Bee Squad programs when the University of Minnesota Bee Squad tends the bee hives at Heidi’s GrowHaus, 2 to 3 p.m. July 24, 7555 County Road 16, Corcoran. growhausmn.com.
A slice of history
The historic Ard Godfrey House is open for summer tours. Built in 1848 before Minnesota was even a state, the house was once the residence of Godfrey, a skilled millwright from the East Coast, who came to build a dam and lumber mill at the falls of St. Anthony. The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis restored the house in 1976, and continues to share the history of the oldest remaining frame home in the city, staffed by volunteers dressed in period costumes. Free tours are offered 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 26. Ard Godfrey House, 28 University Av. SE., Mpls. Call 612-813-5300, womansclub.org.
Galleria garden shop
The spring flower show has long finished blooming, but the Bachman’s store in the Galleria is still open in its temporary home across from Crave. The 3,000-square-foot space is filled with seasonal home decor, outdoor furniture, gifts, plants, fresh flowers and an assortment of ever-popular lanterns, through the end of the year. The Galleria is at 69th St. and France Av. S., Edina, galleriaedina.com.
Bring your mats to the Harrison Sculpture Garden for a yoga session surrounded by contemporary artworks, Kentucky coffee trees and nature. It’s located on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s highest viewing point along the Three-Mile Drive. The yoga class is at noon July 16 and is free for arboretum members and free with gate admission of $15 for ages 16 and older. arboretum.umn.edu.
Want more bursts of color in your gardens? Bachman’s and Bailey Nurseries plant pros will help you design for eye-catching continuous color in your landscape at the Plant-a-Palooza workshop, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 18, Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Cost is $10. Register at bachmans.com.