Cass Gilbert experience

Aug. 15 could be heralded as Cass Gilbert Day. The Minnesota Historical Society is holding two History Architecture Crawls that celebrate the works of the hometown boy who is considered one of the most prolific and stylistically versatile architects of his generation. "Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour" highlights the interiors and exteriors of private homes and public buildings designed by Gilbert, including the Pioneer Endicott Building which housed Gilbert's office. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with air-conditioned bus tours leaving at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost: $35/$30 MNHS and Cass Gilbert Society members.

The "Cass Gilbert Experience" features special access, additional content and a private lunch inside a Gilbert-designed home in the Ramsey Hill neighborhood. The owners of the Emerson Hadley House will host lunch and give tours of the 1895 residence, which they are renovating to turn it into a livable family home. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $90/$75 for MNHS and Cass Gilbert Society members. Both tours depart from the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Buy tickets online at or call 651-259-3015.

Bachman's birthday party

Bachman's is 130 years old. The Minnesota family-owned business will celebrate with events from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at all six Twin Cities home and garden centers. The first 130 customers will receive free roses. Other activities include kids' garden-stone making, temporary tattoos, and cookies and lemonade. There are also special events at the Lyndale Avenue Minneapolis store, such as playing games to win prizes, a historical display with an original Wilcox truck, vintage photos and tools. Bailey's Nursery pros will give tips on growing hydrangeas. For Bachman's locations, go to

How-to harvest

Make your garden bounty last throughout the winter months. Gertens' free workshop "How-to Canning and Freezing Fruits and Vegetables" explains the proper techniques and equipment necessary to safely preserve your harvest, 1 p.m. Aug. 1, Gertens, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. Register at or call 651-450-1501.