Healing power of plants

There's no doubt that plants and animals can contribute to human health and well-being. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's "Nature Heals Conference 2013" explores the human-nature connection with speakers, performances and storytelling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska. The conference is a partnership between the arboretum and the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. Cost is $85 through Thursday; $95 after Feb. 28 and $250 for a two-day pass, including a VIP reception with conference speakers and authors on March 14. To register, call 952-443-1422 or visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013Nature-Heals.aspx.

Hanging basket parties

Gertens experts will help you design a hanging basket and then care for it for you until spring. The event includes refreshments and door prizes at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays through March 23, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. Baskets start at $60. Go to www.gertens.com to register or call 651-450-1501.

Home and Garden Show

Get a jump start on your lawn and garden at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which opens today and continues through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S. Tour TV-themed gardens and find out about new products, plants and landscaping ideas from hundreds of exhibitors. Hours are noon-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 when purchased online; $4 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. Visit www.homeandgardenshow.com.