Conservatory in bloom
Take a break from the snow and slush at the Spring Flower Show in the Sunken Garden of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Stroll among blooming tulips, daffodils, crocus, hydrangeas, hyacinth, Asiatic and calla lilies. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and continues through April 21. 1225 Estabrook Dr., St Paul. comozooconservatory.org.
The public is welcome to the Dakota Gardeners March meeting, which will feature a floral design demonstration by Jenn Hovland, owner of Fleur de Louise in Stillwater, 7 p.m. March 20, South St. Paul High School, 700 2nd St. N., South St. Paul. dakotagardeners.org.
“Gems for the Shade,” presented by Arla Carmichiel, horticulture supervisor for Three Rivers Parks, is the topic of the Diggers Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. March 19, Faith Lilac Way Church, 5530 42nd Av. N. Robbinsdale. The public is welcome. robbinsdalediggers.com
Planting garden party
Gertens staff will give expert tips and advice on planting your own 14-inch hanging sun basket, 10 a.m. March 30, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. You’ll pick up your basket from the greenhouse in May. Cost $80; includes basket, soil and plants. Light refreshments will be served. Register at gertens.com.
Herbs, pansies and veggies
Can’t wait to dig in the dirt? Tonkadale is holding three planting-themed events. Make an herb planter, 6 p.m. March 20 at Unmapped Brewing, 14625 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka. Cost $50; includes materials and one craft beverage.
Open-house style hands-on workshops explore seed starting, urban edible gardens, loose-leaf herbal teas, herb planting station and veggie garden planning, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23. Free; no registration required.
Learn how to design and plant a spring pansy pot for the outdoors, 10 a.m. March 30. Cost $15; includes soil and moss. Bring your own container or buy one at the store. Tonkadale is at 3739 Tonkawood Road, Minnetonka. Register at tonkadale.com.