Home & Garden

Don't overlook the subtle beauty of ornamental grasses

Calamagrostis

Overlooked ornamental grasses add texture, color, drama — and a soothing sound — to gardens and containers.

Lore and lure of Lake Minnetonka's boathouses come to life in new book

The Abbott boathouse pg. 43 from “Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka” by Karen Melvin and Melinda Nelson.

Lake Minnetonka's old boathouses are remnants from another era. Since the 1970s, its municipalities — with the exception of Wayzata — prohibit new structures to be built close to the water's edge. A new book dives in.


Home listings: What $459,000 buys in the Twin Cities

Maple Grove Built in 1995, this three-bedroom, four-bathroom house has 3,655 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, fireplace, hardwood floors, granite kitchen…


Call for Beautiful Gardens, Prospect Park walking tour and more

Nominate your favorite garden Do you have a gorgeous garden? Or a friend, relative or neighbor whose garden you admire? Now that the growing season…


The eagle, the deer, and the big truck

Just outside of Two Harbors a couple of days ago


Great grasses for Minnesota gardens

Most perennial ornamental grasses grow best in full sun. To see mature plants, visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s ornamental grass display garden. Pick the…


Home plan: Modern style for a modest lot

PLAN HOTW170020 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,516 Bed/bathrooms: 4 /3 Stories: 2 Garage bays: 3 Foundation: Optional finished basement Clean lines, open vistas…


Cliff Swallows were busy with nest building

Photos taken at old barn in western Hennepin County


Online guide to selecting native plants for birds

Plants for the birds The National Audubon Society has launched an online guide to selecting native plants of particular value to birds, either directly as…


Birding: Secreats from the kingfisher's nest

You'll be lucky to spot one of these shy birds, which nest in soil or sand.


Tonkadale's new owner grew up tending plants at grandparents' garden center

Tonkadale's new owner grew up getting her hands dirty at her grandparents' garden center in Minnetonka. Now she's ready to cultivate a new generation of growers.


Tree Swallows almost always use feathers in nest construction

Struggle to both find them and get them in the door


Before and after: See how 8th and Hennepin has changed since 1960

A brief history of 8th and Hennepin told through old-school photographs.


Tips and trends for today's smart gardening

Tips and trends for today's smart gardening• Try xeriscaping. Instead of turf grass, integrate plants that require less water in your landscape, such as yucca,…


Remodeling and pollinator classes, and 'Dandelion Day'

Plants for pollinators Gain a “pollinator perspective” on your backyard at a “Landscaping for Pollinators” class presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Horticulture educator…


Home listings: What $375,000 buys in the Twin Cities

Orono Built in 1965, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom house has 2,346 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, sunroom, full basement,…


Room-by-room guide to ditching clutter, 5 minutes at a time

Speed-clean your way to serene by tossing these 25 things.


Boathouse fun facts

• Boathouses around the Cottagewood area in the 1890s were built with belvederes or lookouts on the upper floor, a perfect vantage point for spectators…


'Mysterious' modern boathouse on Pokegama Lake was designed for family fun

The simple, modern structure is tucked into a hillside on Pokegama Lake.