April 2013

All Aboard! | How Does Your Garden Grow?

As the ice cover fades, Minnesota’s iconic gallery of shimmering lakes heralds the beginning of spring—after “ice out” is declared, that is.


Alison Humphrey is a late-blooming photographer. A lawyer by training and stay-at-home mother of three, she didn’t take up the craft until more than a year ago, when she signed up for an intermediate photography class at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.


Wood floors creak with fond memories and friendly nostalgia wafts through the air in the Cottagewood General Store. Little is known about the owners, Ralph and Stella Chapman, who opened the store as a small grocery in 1895.


In the late 1800s, agricultural discoveries at some of the large land-grant universities, such as the University of Minnesota, were often ignored by immigrant farmers who imported their agricultural techniques from Europe that had been passed down for generations.


People who live near Lake Minnetonka might not realize just how unique a resource it really is. “It has destination boating, offers water recreation and you can be 20 minutes from your downtown office,” says Woody Love, Realtor and sales manager with Coldwell Banker Burnet.


Use your creative liberties at the next baby shower you attend and present the mother-to-be with a themed gift. While we know babies are sugar and spice and everything nice, there can be some rough waters lurking around the bend.


As retired master gardener and long-time Mound resident Julie Weisenhorn recalls how she got her start in gardening, she laughs at the irony of her childhood—one spent indoors, watching her mother pulling weeds in the sweltering heat, wondering, “Why would anyone ever volunteer for that?”


Participants in the 2013 Lions Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest will take to the waters April 20 at BayView Event Center. Catch the largest fish and you’ll win $150, or enter the raffle for more great prizes. The cost is $5 for early registration and $10 the day of the event.


From knit baby booties to sophisticated, felted wool handbags, it’s easy to find something for people of all ages at the Landing Shop.


In partnership with the experts at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, Creative Kidstuff has product recommendations specifically for children on the autism spectrum. Creative Kidstuff’s team consistently works with St.


This spring marks the 39th year of the Silver Skates Ice Revue. Hosted by Minnetonka Ice Arena and including artists from All Season Skating School and Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club, the musical show features 250 skaters of all ages—some as young as three years old.


Abby Gordon got the idea for Project Honey Bee after watching a documentary about the insects’ impending extinction. “I’ve always been interested in helping the environment,” says Gordon, a 15-year-old Minnetonka high school sophomore.


Bill Farrell had an unusual inspiration for starting a family business: his oldest son’s art. Liam was just 7 years old when the family rounded up his artwork and put it to a vote; democracy dictated that his art would be printed on T-shirts.


For the fifth consecutive year, Tonkadale is partnering with ICA Food Shelf for the Grow and Give fundraiser.


We all know the schoolyard ditty about the magical fruit.


For distance runners, there is no greater goal than qualifying for the Boston Marathon.


If you remember back to your nursery school days, Mary’s garden grows with silver bells, cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row. Certainly children’s imaginations grow with this Mother Goose rhyme, but it seems unlikely that any plants do.


Imagine perfectly appointed railway cars scooting swiftly on stainless steel tracks, traversing trestle bridges, meandering through tunnels and over rivers, and chugging by picturesque landscapes. Now imagine it all takes place in your backyard.