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Bachman's Spring Ideas House

The historic Bachman family home is headed for the country. Designed with the theme "Country Weekend," the home seeks to inspire guests with new ways to put a little spring into their decor. The house is decorated with bright colors, green and blooming plants and florals. Key trends for 2018 include natural woods, white and gray-washed furniture and subtle pinks, blues and grays. March 14-April 15, $5. 5936 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. For hours and to purchase tickets, go to

Rock gardens

– Re-imagining a Classic Style." He will describe his visits to various rock gardens and present his views on the next generation of rock-garden enthusiasts. 5 p.m. March 24. $40. Sheraton Hotel, 12201 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka. To register, call 651-697-9183.

Rain gardens

Create a weather-resilient landscape that can thrive despite whatever curveballs Mother Nature throws during the changing seasons. At "Blue Thumb Resilient Yard Workshop," learn how to foster resilience with a variety of practices, including installing a rain garden. Each participant will receive one-on-one design assistance from landscape designers and Master Gardeners. 6 p.m. March 29. $15 per household, free to St. Louis Park residents. St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park. To register go to


Eco-friendly bins and barrels

Is composting and collecting rainwater at the top of your to-do list this year? Well, you're in luck. The Minnesota Recycling Association is selling low-cost home compost bins and rain barrels at pickup events in cities ranging from Blaine to Rochester this spring. The 17-cubic-foot compost bin is made of recycled plastic and has a lockable lid; cost is $64. The recycled polyethylene rain barrels catch water pouring from your home's downspouts. The 45-gallon barrels include a debris screen, garden hose, shut-off valve, hose clip, overflow hose and linking kit; cost is $79. Order online at