Arboretum gala

It's time to reserve a spot for Gala in the Gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The event will include an al fresco reception with live music, hors d'oeuvres, fall gardens in bloom, a silent auction and dinner. TV's Belinda Jensen will be guest emcee, and special guest is Craig Mitchell Smith, artist for the "Nature in Glass" exhibition.

Funds raised at the gala will go toward maintaining and improving the Arb's gardens. The gala is 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10. Tickets are $250, or $3,000 per table of 10. Visit or call 612-625-9427.

All about trees

Want to add more trees to your landscape? Choosing and planting the right one can be challenging. Doug Danielson, nursery buyer for Bachman's, will present a how-to workshop and answer tree-planting questions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis. The cost is $5. To register, visit

Fall lawn care

It's too early to start thinking about fall — except when it comes to your lawn. Gertens is offering a free workshop on seeding, fertilizing and general fall lawn maintenance, along with information about products and tools designed to help produce beautiful lawns. The workshop is designed as a Q&A format, so bring your questions. It will be offered Saturdays at 10 a.m., through Sept. 20. Gertens is at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.

Protecting pollinators

Heading to the State Fair? The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is inviting fairgoers to stop by its booth and make a "Pollinator Promise" to help protect bees and other pollinating insects. It's part of the department's new public awareness campaign, "Protect Minnesota Pollinators." The booth is in the Ag/Hort building.