April 2012

Gardens | Dinner Club

The crack of the bat, home openers, peanuts and cracker jacks mean a lot of different things for many different people.


I had just learned about the Dragonfly Story from my neighbor who had lost her son to cancer. This dragonfly was just hanging around me in the yard, so I went in to get my camera. The first pictures I shot weren't quite as good as I'd hoped after downloading them.


If you want to throw a party but dread the toil, don’t despair. It’s a snap to arrange a gathering at a nearby restaurant. Many dining establishments offer not only party rooms but party planning services as well.


Races around the cities are largely held near the Minneapolis chain of lakes, snubbing the waters of our beloved Lake Minnetonka.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Deephaven home

When old houses are torn down along Lake Minnetonka to make way for more modern counterparts, architectural gems that don't fit present-day tastes sometimes succumb to the wrecking ball.


In the 1970s, Steve Gerring got with the times by putting his business in the Yellow Pages. Less than two years ago, the owner of Gerring’s Car Wash in Wayzata adapted again by offering a special through one of the nascent online deals sites.


With age comes any number of things, from wisdom to wrinkles. As life evolves, these elements are expected to accompany aging. But what if the weight of the worry you carried also grew as you got older? What if your chances of becoming isolated increased over time? Would you prepare?


Filmmaker Louise Woehrle says the quiet of Deephaven allows her to create her award-winning documentaries.


Orono resident Matthew Sanford believes that “living vibrantly and feeling more alive is a birth right.” The founder of Mind Body Solutions, a non-profit yoga studio in Minnetonka, was paralyzed from the chest down at age 13 after a car accident; however, he is passionate about the practice of yo


Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.



Inspired by an initiative eighth grader Rosie DelMain suggested to the environmental club at Minnetonka Middle School East, a memorial vegetable garden was created last year honoring students


As winter turns to spring, get ready for a new season of growing ahead by creating your own fairy garden that can be transplanted outside once the weather warms. “You can’t do it wrong,” says Kari Line at Otten Bros. in Long Lake.


A mixture of “selfishness and selfless attempts” decorates the walls of the Orchard Art House in Excelsior, paying homage to Minneapolis’ varied art scene. Opened in 2010 by Erin Kate Duininck, the house is her best effort to offer up a true and meaningful response to all she has experienced.


Flowers at the grocery store are tempting to buy, but after talking to Alison Feik of Grand Mother’s Garden, you might want to think twice about where those blooms really come from.



Deep roots. Family trees. Blossoming love. Personal growth.


Take four women, add their respective husbands, mix in a four-course menu, sparkling conversation and expertly-paired wines, and what do you end up with? A fun local dinner club!


The terrarium is back, but it’s not what you remember. Yes, it’s still a garden under glass, complete with its own unique eco-system, plant arrangement and beauty. And yes, a terrarium is still a fun, easy and effective way to bring the outdoors in.