November is a slow month in the garden, with not much to do but rake the last leaves and clean up. But many people like to give their homes a sprucing up for the holidays, and if you are new to designing holiday pots and other decorations, there are lots of opportunities to learn at MSHS and local garden centers. Here’s a rundown of the events that I have heard about in recent weeks. If you know of another, please add it in the comment section.
- This Thursday (Nov. 13), MSHS is sponsoring a class on wreaths and tree-top containers at Nature’s Harvest, a garden center and retail boutique in Wayzata. Contact MSHS to see if there is still room in the class.
- Another option on Thursday (Nov. 13), is a program being offered at the Mustard Seed Landscape and Design Center in Chaska is on Winter Container Gardening. There is a limit on attendees, so you may want to call ahead to make sure there is room.
- Bachman’s is having holiday decorating workshops over several weekends in November and December. Several have already been held, but next Saturday (Nov. 15) they will be hosting one on gardening for birds and the following Saturday (Nov. 22) is Bachman’s open house with a program on how to create “wow” holiday decorations. These are all held at the Lyndale Avenue store in Minneapolis. Check the Bachman’s site for details.
- If you like history as well as gardening, consider signing up for the joint MSHS-Minnesota Historical Society program on Kissing Balls, which will be conducted at the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul Saturday, Nov. 15. Kissing Balls, which are round groups of greens and decorations, date from the 18th Century, but were popular with the Victorians, too. The two-hour class includes a tour of the Alexander Ramsey House, a fabulous example of mid-19th Century architecture. Check out the MSHS Web site for details on cost and registration.
- Now, here’s a holiday decorating event that sounds like a lot of fun. Buell’s Landscape Center in Hastings is hosting a “Working Women, Winter and Wine” event Saturday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes a chance to make your own holiday planters and wreaths, sales of holiday decorating supplies, massage therapy, cheese and wine. It’s enough to make you glad it’s winter.