Herb cooking and crafts
Herb garden novices and seasoned growers are invited to the "Moonlight Shopping for Herbs" event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at Shady Acres Herb Farm, 7815 Hwy. 212, Chaska. Experts will give tips on cultivating herbs in containers and cooking with everything from basil to thyme. Make a seasoning blend for cooking, lavender rose sachet or potpourri sachet from owner Theresa Mieseler's recipes. Cost for materials is $6 for one or $15 for all three. The event includes specials and refreshments. Call 952-466-3391 or go to www.shadyacres.com.
Native plants add color, variety and attract birds and butterflies to your landscape. Metro Blooms is holding a native plant sale with a wide range of varieties perfect for rain gardens, shoreline restoration and back-yard beds, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Rd., Plymouth. Go to www.metroblooms.org.
Happy hour in the garden
Gather tips on growing edibles such as herbs, vegetables and fruits from experts at Uncommon Gardens Happy Hour, 5:30 to 7:30 May 29, 5750 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis. Select herbs will be discounted. Call 612-866-3033.
Leaf crops and tubers are some of the tasty hardy perennial vegetables that will come back each year. Learn how to plant and maintain this lesser-known crop of veggies at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's "Perennial Vegetables" program, 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 4, Muriel Sahlin Arboretum, Roseville Central Park, 2525 N. Dale St., Roseville. Cost $24; $20 for members. Register at www.northerngardener.org or call 651-643-2601.