Fall for mums

Colorful long-blooming chrysanthemums are one of the most awesome of autumn plants. The Fall Flower Show in the Sunken Garden of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory features hundreds of mums of many different cultivars. Colors are black and orange in October and black and pink in November.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 26 (except Oct. 30-Nov. 3 for show change). Free. 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul. Go to comozooconservatory.com.



Winter months can leave home cooks longing for fresh, flavorful herbs plucked from their gardens. Learn how to grow and care for herbs at home over the winter at the Indoor Herbs class at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Expert Theresa Mieseler discusses varieties, plant selection, soil and light requirements, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Cost is $57; $45 for members and includes an herb pot to take home. 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska. Register at arboretum.umn.edu.

Turf alternatives

Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb offer a workshop on Installing Turf Alternatives and the benefits of using perennial ground covers to maximize ecological impact. Learn how to replace traditional turf with a low-maintenance version that requires less water, fertilizer, pesticides and mowing, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W. Minnehaha Pkwy., Mpls. Cost is $25. Register at metroblooms.org.

Antiques galore

A Gathering of Friends antiques market features 18 dealers selling architectural pieces, furniture, vintage items, collectibles and more. Dealers continually restock throughout the sale.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19-20; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22, Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Free. Go to agatheringoffriends.net.

Home project expo

Looking to remove that horrid 1970s wallpaper or update your kitchen? Media Max Events presents more than 150 exhibitors at the Woodbury Home Improvement and Design Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21.

Bring ideas and blueprints for tips from home improvement experts including interior designers, contractors, landscapers, architects, remodelers and more. Admission $6; free with a nonperishable food item. HealthEast, 4125 Radio Dr., Woodbury. Go to mediamaxevents.com.