Native plant sale

It’s never too late to fill those empty spaces left in your yard or garden. Natural Shore Technologies is offering a plant sale featuring native plants for rain gardens, woodland gardens, shorelines and prairies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26-28, and Aug. 23-25. Natural Shore Technologies, 1480 County Road 90, Independence,

Late-season crops

There’s still time to plant food crops for harvest this growing season. North Country Food Alliance will discuss late-season crops at a workshop. Gardeners will discuss which crops can still be planted, with a focus on cold-hardy plants such as collard greens, kale and beets. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Free, donations accepted. 2003 James Av. N., Mpls. Advance registration by e-mailing

Floral design

Bring the beauty of daylilies into your home to brighten up any living space. Learn how to take flowers from their natural outdoor setting to create your design, then use other flowers and foliage to make your design pop. A class will be offered at 6 p.m. Aug. 9. $49. Koehler & Dramm Wholesale Florist, 2407 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. Advance registration at 612-362-3133.


Many medicines can be found in the wild. Learn the healing properties of Minnesota’s native plants at Carver Park Reserve. Participants will learn what is needed to create a salve or oil made from natural sources, and will make one of their own. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 4. $5, advance reservations required at 763-559-6700. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria.


Gardens and music

The Tangletown Gardens’ Garden and Art Tour, a perennial favorite, returns this year with a free post-tour music festival. The self-guided tour on July 28 will showcase a number of exceptional gardens with local art displayed in select gardens. Gardens will be open for touring 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The music festival, featuring Chris Koza, Romantica, Black Market Brass and Billy Johnson, will be held 3 to 10 p.m. at Wise Acre Eatery, 5401 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. Garden tour tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, at The music festival is free and open to the public; no tour ticket required.

Blooming color

The Tri-City Flower Show, hosted by the garden clubs of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield, has a new venue: Bachman’s Heritage Room. This year’s theme is “Friends, Flowers and Fusion.” The free show is open to the public 1 to 6 p.m. July 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29, 6010 Lyndale Av. S.