May 2022

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
—Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar and philosopher

Read the May 2022 Lake Minnetonka Magazine Digital Edition

This issue greets the month with a nod to gardening and landscaping, which is top of mind for so many of us as we plan and plant our garden beds and containers and create welcoming outdoor living spaces.

Lens on Lake Minnetonka

“I really like the solitude spirit of this boat and its bravery to be the first on the lake. The weather was just reinforcing the feeling ... I got [interested in]  photography fairly recently. It has been very interesting and engaging journey.

Picnic Proposal

The Wayzata Library holds a lot of great stories, but the area in front of the local bibliothèque was the scene of a special love story.

As with any good tome, let’s start at the beginning:

Celebrate Memorial Day

For many, Memorial Day marks the end of the school year or the beginning of summer. But for veterans, their families and a host of others, the day stands as a time-honored tradition to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of fallen service members and their families alike.

The Guest House

Nine women are transforming the face of travel in Excelsior with the help of one historic Minnesota home.

The Mane Event

May brings baskets and posies of flowers to our doors. Mothers are honored and treasured with gifts galore.

A Big Legacy

It’s almost impossible to think of Lake Minnetonka without considering Big Island.

Come Sail Away

In January 2021, the Minnetonka School Board approved the purchase of the Shorewood Professional Building, once home to a Park Nicollet clinic.
“Six months later, we started,” says Christine Breen, executive director of special education for Minnetonka Schools.

Quiet  Reflection

If you long for moments of peacefulness beyond the limits of your home, an outdoor zen garden could be the ideal space for quiet reflection and spiritual connection without venturing too far from home.

Glow Up

With warmer days shining from above, it is tempting to point our faces to the sun and soak up the rays while we can. But that can come

Appealing Debut

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano is a fast-paced, fun cross between Veronica Mars and Liane Moriarty. This first book in a new mystery series will appeal to more than just lovers of mystery.


Gardening is one of spring’s greatest gifts to health and wellness. It is well-known that planting and eating your own vegetables can be highly nutritious, but gardening’s physical and mental health benefits extend far beyond what’s on your plate.

For the Love  of Nature

“But for one’s health as you say, it is very necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing.” —Vincent Van Gogh

Summer Secret

Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff of the Bootleg cocktail season. Bootlegs are Minnesota’s version of a Mint Julep/Mojito (favored by the Kentucky Derby crowd) and one of our state’s best kept summer cocktail secrets.


There’s more to cheese than meets the cracker, just ask Gabby Lasersmith, specialty cheese manager at Kowalski’s Market in Excelsior. “I love cheese because it is so nuanced,” she says. “There’s thousands of different kinds.

Plant with Purpose

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a green thumb, but I sure love trying to create beauty in the garden each spring.  My success, albeit limited, when it comes to gardening is being organized.