Setting a spring table

Are you hosting Easter brunch or some other festive event this spring? Learn how to make your own table decoration at a “Spring Botanical Centerpiece Workshop” hosted by Tangletown Gardens. Petite plants, succulents, mosses and other elements will be the focal points for your seasonal creation. Instructors will provide design guidance, planting steps and advice for care and maintenance. 2 p.m. April 6. $55, which includes plants, container and other materials. Register at Tangletown Gardens is located at 5353 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls.

Landscape design event

Learn how to enhance your yard at the 20th annual “Garden Fever,” hosted by Carver-Scott County Master Gardeners. The event includes presentations on naturalistic design for urban landscapes, garden design for aging gardeners, alternatives to high-maintenance lawns and year-round art from the garden, as well as a silent auction and vendors. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6, $37, $42 after March 31, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Chaska Event Center, 3210 Chaska Blvd., Chaska. Register at

Nature in the Twin Cities

What plants and animals are you likely to see locally? Author John Moriarty will present highlights from his new book, “A Field Guide to the Natural Habitats of the Twin Cities,” during an event sponsored by the Minnesota Horticulture Society. Learn about prairies, savannas, big woods, oak woods, wetlands, lakes, rivers, urban and suburban areas. After the presentation, Moriarty will sign copies of his book. 7 to 8:15 p.m. April 3. $20; $15 for members. The presentation will be held at Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. Register at

Free class on native plants

If you’ve thought about replacing some of your high-maintenance turf with low-maintenance native plants, you can gain insights at a free class, “Native Plants Do Double Duty: Stop Water and Feed Pollinators.” Deep-rooted plants help reduce flooding, filter pollutants and provide food for threatened pollinators. Learn to identify 10 workhorse plants and the pollinators that depend on them, and take home designs that will work in most sunny spots. 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 4. Seating is limited; register by April 2 at 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood.

Free H&G Expo

Get a jump on spring at the free 18th annual Home & Garden Expo hosted by the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce on April 6. More than 120 vendors will be on hand, along with activities for kids and free ice cream. KARE 11 garden host Bobby Jensen will present a free seminar, “Perfectly Imperfect: A New Way to Look at Your Landscape, Garden and Lawn,” noon to 1 p.m. Apple Valley native Elizabeth Ries, host of KSTP-TV’s “Twin Cities Live,” will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Expo will be held at Eastview High School, 6200 140th St. W., Apple Valley.