Bounty from the back yard

Mark Campbell grows so many kinds of fruit in his modest Edina yard that he needs a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. Now Campbell, a winner of the Home+Garden section's Beautiful Gardens contest, is going to share his passion and his expertise through free classes at Bachman's. His first class on Urban Edibles will be from 10 to 11 a.m. this Saturday in the Heritage Room at the Minneapolis Bachman's, 6061 Lyndale Av. S. If you want to learn more about growing apples, grapes, figs, apricots, raspberries, seaberries and jostaberries (to name just a few) from an experienced gardener and professional chef, check it out.

Secret garden shared

Maybe artists never retire. Maybe they just find new forms.

That's what Peter Leach did. When the longtime potter decided to retire from his craft, he started looking for a photography project. He found one at the Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden.

Leach, a docent in the classical-style Japanese garden, started bringing his camera to his volunteer job. At first, he just took photos from the public paths, during the hours the garden was open. But he quickly got free range in the garden, shooting where and when he wished, often early in the morning, later in the evening or in the winter when the garden was closed. The result is a new exhibit, "Seen & Unseen."

The exhibit, which opens Friday, features 43 photos, including "shots anyone walking into the garden would take," said Leach, as well as images that visitors may not have access to but that capture what he considers the essence of a Japanese garden: "The vastness of nature in a small space."

After being displayed in the Bonsai Gallery of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory until Feb. 28, the exhibit will be packed up and sent to Nagasaki, St. Paul's Sister City in Japan, where it'll be seen once again.