April showers bring May flowers, which means it’s the perfect time to get your green thumb working. Start small with an herb garden set up in your windowsill or a terrarium for your table. Need help with your garden decor? Join Plant Nite at 508 Bar & Restaurant on Monday, May 8 to make a DIY, wood drawer, succulent terrarium to give your home a boost of green. This is a good class for beginners because on the difficulty scale, the project has been labeled “easy.”
However, if you like the beauty of gardens but aren’t quite ready to build your own, why not make a trip to the Normandale Japanese Garden? The garden is open from sunrise to sunset all year, and it features an intricate structural design, lagoon, waterfall, and over 300 varieties of shrubs and trees—all meticulously pruned. The garden is part of the Normandale Community College campus, but it is open to the public for free. (Note: On Saturday, May 6th, the garden will be closed between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM for a private event.)
Now’s a great time to see what’s blooming in our own backyard and to discover what unearths the gardener in you.
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The first weekend of the month starts out with a bang and event after event, all weekend long. It doesn’t hurt that one of the most celebrated days of the year—Cinco de Mayo—falls on Friday, which means extra tacos and tequila for everyone. Several local restaurants and bars will be having food and drinks specials with music and festivities for all.
The Festival of Nations is also this weekend. It’s a celebration that brings different cultures together to embrace diversity. Debuting in 1919, it’s the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest. Attendees have four days to enjoy performances, demonstrations, exhibits, storytelling, and more.
The event is held at Saint Paul RiverCentre—a site long-known for some of the area’s best gatherings. If you choose to attend the first day of the festival, stop by Dish: Cuisine for Change as well. Now in it’s 14th year, this annual culinary event brings together over 20 local chefs to serve up gourmet dishes for ticketed guests.
There will also be cocktail tastings, an auction, and special performances to make it quite the evening of food and entertainment. The best part is the event raises awareness and money for the Second Harvest Heartland, an organization that focuses on helping childhood hunger in the local communities. Good food and a good cause? Doesn’t get much better than that.
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