Home & Garden

Childhood home in Medina gets a 'modern mountain' update

The homewners tore down interior walls to open up their 1960 Medina rambler, and added rustic reclaimed beams and new maple floors.

A couple returned home to revitalize the 1960 Medina rambler where the wife grew up. You can have it for $795,000.

See the winners in this year's Star Tribune Beautiful Gardens contest

Kathy Freeman has created a pocket paradise around the Tudor cottage she shares with her husband, Bill, in St. Paul’s Highland Park.

The six gardens selected in the Star Tribune's annual contest range from small city plots to exurban gardens on a truly grand scale.


Bird names do splits, and mergers

Possible changes in bird nomenclature could leave birders rechecking their lists.


Are home inspectors required to move ceiling panels?

I'm going to cut right to the chase: home inspectors are not required to move ceiling panels.


Feed me, I'm yours

White-breasted Nuthatches evolved to feed upside down, which they do in any and all circumstances


Private garden tour, Prince walking tour, hardwood floor workshop and more

DIY floor refinishing What does it take to refinish hardwood floors? Homeowners can walk through the process step by step at a Wood Floor…


Plant suggestions for dry shade, trees for partial shade

Plant suggestions Plants for dry shade Ajuga Bergenia Columbine* Cranesbill Epimedium Goatsbeard* Lady’s mantle Solomon’s seal* Sweet woodruff Wild ginger* Understory trees for partial shade…


Turn old junk into Pinterest-worthy creations

Easy recipes for repurposing 10 everyday items.


Help your garden thrive – not just survive – by understanding plants' light requirements

Knowing the nuances of sun and shade can help plants perform to their potential.


Home listings: What $330,000 buys in the Twin Cities

Chanhassen Built in 1984, this three-bedroom, two-bath house has 1,780 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, eat-in kitchen, formal…


Home plan: Disappearing walls for indoor-outdoor living

Designed with the modern family in mind, this sleek contemporary home offers an open layout and seamless indoor-outdoor living. A variety of retractable glass walls…


An unusual Bank Swallow nesting

A solo effort instead of a colony


Muddy robin was making a nest

Nest-building birds get creative when Mother Nature doesn't meet their needs.


Minnesota permit requirements for radon mitigation systems

If you want to have a radon mitigation system installed in your home, you might need a permit. The requirements in Minnesota vary from city to city.


Hey, there's a Necrophila americana in this nest box!

Cleanup duty


Home plan: French Country home offers curb appeal

A harmonious mix of materials and exposed trusses creates curb appeal for this French Country-style home. The relaxed layout invites easy entertaining. In the kitchen,…


Tips for gardeners to help native bees

What gardeners can do to help native bees • Add native plants to your garden. (Many mainstream garden centers now include labeled sections for natives.)…


Garden tours, kitchen remodeling and more

Arty gardens Take a self-guided stroll through lush southwest Minneapolis landscapes at the Tangletown Gardens Art & Garden Tour, while helping to fund public…


Queen of forgotten bees: Minnetonka woman works to save native species

Minnetonka woman is on a mission to save native pollinators — before they're gone.