Planning for pollinators
If you're concerned about pollinator decline, here's an opportunity to take action. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is hosting a Pollinator Summit for members of the public, as well as professionals, focused on how to protect bees, Monarch butterflies and other pollinators through landscape design and management. Summit hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13. The cost is $80 ($70 for arboretum members). To register, call 612-301-1210 or visit arboretum.umn.edu/Pollinators2015.aspx.
Want to add spring color to your garden? The Daffodil Society of Minnesota is selling Minnesota-hardy daffodil bulbs this weekend. The sale will include hard-to-find varieties and colors, as well as bags of mixed bulbs. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska.
Gardening for kids
Make gardening fun for children at a Kid-Friendly Mini Garden Workshop. Kids age 6 and up will explore miniature landscapes in an interactive workshop led by a Bachman's designer. You'll work together to create a minigarden using plants, natural objects and miniature figures. The $50 cost covers attendance for an adult and child pair, plus all materials for a take-home creation, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Register at bachmans.com or call 612-861-7311.
Sunflower floral design
These summer favorites can brighten your home or make someone's day as a gift. Learn how to incorporate sunflowers into arrangements at a Bachman's floral design workshop. The $50 cost includes all materials. The workshop will be offered twice, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13, and 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 15, at Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Register at bachmans.com or call 612-861-7311.
Arb art crawl
Art Crawl Through the Gardens returns to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum next weekend. A diverse collection of artwork, from photography to painting to glass art and even hand-dyed hammocks, all by local artists, will be displayed along the Arb's Three-Mile Drive. Art Crawl hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16; free with gate admission of $12 (free for ages 12 and under.)
DIY window repair
Many owners of old homes can't afford to replace drafty windows. The hands-on workshop "Repairing Old Windows" explains how to fix original wooden windows, improve operation, boost energy efficiency and maintain architectural integrity. The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota program also covers topics such as drafts, glazing, sashes and broken glass. "Repairing Old Windows" is offered 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the lower level of Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. Cost is $50; the deadline is Aug. 9. To register, go to mnpreservation.org and click on Programs.
Architect Avenue homes
What kind of house could you get for less than $3,000 in 1905? That year, a contest was held in one of the farthest corners of Hennepin County to create well-designed homes for the up-and-coming middle class. Twin Cities architects were solicited to design affordable homes that would combine "luxury, elegance, utility and comfort" at a maximum cost of $3,000. Twelve local architects submitted original designs, and six homes, all still standing, were built in northeast Minneapolis. Thomas Lowry developed and promoted this mini-neighborhood, which soon became known as Architect Avenue, off Columbia Parkway, just west of Central Avenue. The Architect Avenue Walking Tour is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and travels three-quarters of a mile. Cost: $9. To register, go to preserveminneapolis.org.
KIM PALMER and