The look of natives

Want to incorporate more native plants into your landscape? There are good reasons to go native: Native plants, with their deep root systems, require minimal watering and provide habitat for birds, bees and other creatures. To offer ideas and inspiration, Wild Ones is sponsoring a self-guided tour of seven suburban yards that highlight native plants used in a variety of ways, including woodlands, prairies, boulevard gardens, rain gardens and lakeshore restorations. The gardens are located in Wayzata, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Chaska.

Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 27. The cost for all seven gardens is $7. Tickets will be available the day of the event at 8956 Braxton Dr., Eden Prairie. For a map and garden descriptions, visit

Water gardens on tour

See what’s burbling in Twin Cities back yards. Ponds, waterfalls, streams and other water features will be on display July 26-27 when the Minnesota Water Garden Society presents its annual tour. This year’s event features 13 sites throughout the metro area. All 13 water gardens will be open for touring from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. For tickets, garden descriptions, directions and detailed maps, visit