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Gary De Grande's, White Bear Township, backyard garden expanse is on the Minnesota Water Garden Society pond tour July 30-31. One of the many highlights is the Koi fish pond right off the back porch of the house.] TOM WALLACE • twallace@startribune.com __Assignments #20018814A_ July 14, 2011_ SLUG: pond0724_ EXTRA INFORMATION: (CQ)Mary Boss is Gary’s wife but gary does most of the gardening. (CQ)Gary De Grande by Mary. ORG XMIT: MIN2013072912483746

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Family spotlights: Bryant Lake Beach Party, Upper Midwest Koi Show

  • August 3, 2013 - 2:00 PM

BRYANT LAKE BEACH PARTY

Put on your swimsuit, grab a towel and join naturalists for an afternoon of fun. Activities include a beach obstacle course and water games. Make a craft and view the tiny creatures that live in ponds. (Noon-3 p.m. Wed. $5. Bryant Lake Regional Park, 6800 Rowland Rd., Eden Prairie. 763-559-6700. www.threeriverspark district.org.)

UPPER MIDWEST KOI SHOW

Some of the most impressive koi fish in the Midwest will be on display and judged. There will also be seminars, vendor booths and exhibitor tanks. (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Sun. Free. Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. 952-882-1921. www.umkoiclub.org.)

MELISSA WALKER

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