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Introducing Bachman's How-To Series
A little guidance can go a long way. Attend our new series of workshops led by Bachman's experts to learn skills applicable to outdoor living—including gardening, landscaping, patio creation, and yard maintenance—and then take action in your own yard!

Spring Yard and Garden Prep
Saturday, April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Register Now
Bachman's on Lyndale
Cost: $5
What can you accomplish in your yard and garden while cool temperatures prohibit planting? Plenty! Bachman's horticulturist and Master Gardener Abby Davis will take you through the necessary steps to prepare your yard and garden areas while we wait for the return of the warmth. We'll talk about soil amendments, fertilizers, weed prevention, mulch, and more.

DIY Landscape
Thursday, April 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
Sunday, April 27 | 1-3 p.m. | SOLD OUT
Bachman's on Lyndale
Cost: $5
Great outdoor spaces are easier to achieve with some forethought and a design plan. Bachman's landscape designer and garden coach Elizabeth Spedalier, who also is a Master Gardener and Tree Care Advisor, will lead this workshop, and discuss considerations like site analysis, bedlines, soil, and plant selection to help you formalize a plan to execute yourself.

Edible Gardening
Wednesday, April 30 | 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
Sunday, May 4 | 1-3 p.m. | Register Now
Bachman's on Lyndale
Cost: $5
Suzanne Gappa of Bachman’s Landscaping and MNLA certified professional will present a step-by-step approach to edible gardening. Topics will include tips for designing a manageable, abundant and easy-care vegetable garden, using edibles in container plantings, and ideas for incorporating other edible plants like herbs, fruit trees, berries and nuts into your existing landscape.

Landscape Design Idea Days
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.| Bachman’s on Lyndale
Cost: Free and open to the public.

Bachman’s award-winning landscaping team has the creative talent and experience to design an outdoor oasis beyond your imagination! Here’s your chance to meet one-on-one with a talented designer to get their insight during a free mini-consultation. No appointment necessary. Simply come by the store during event hours and bring along a few pictures of your space. While you’re there, make sure to enter for a chance to win a one-hour in-store DIY Planting Design appointment with one of our designers ($90 value) or $1,000 off your project purchase of $3,000 or more.

Espalier Fruit Tree Training
Tuesday, April 15 | 6-8 p.m.
Heritage Room, Bachman's on Lyndale
Cost: $20 | Register Now

The Minnesota Project’s Fruits of the City program is offering this class featuring guest speaker and local espalier expert Katherine Aby. Espalier is a plant-shaping method to grow woody plants in one plane on a permanent framework, often in an artistic design such as a diamond lattice. Espaliers can grow in any climate, and are a terrific option for those with limited space, but still interested in fruit trees. Katherine, a resident Minnestoan, writes and teaches about espalier as well as basic and advanced pruning techniques. She is a member of the Wood Chip Society and the Espalier Society, and will share her hard-earned knowledge.

Third Thursday: Garden Party
Thursday, April 17, 6-9 p.m.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Cost: Free
(Refreshments for sale.)
Bachman's is eager to join the MIA for one of their exciting Third Thursday events! It's officially time to be thinking spring, so we will be leading a terrarium demo, where you can make your own. Also part of the night are Gardening Matters (community gardening), Big River Farms (the art of farming and CSAs), the "Imperial Nature" and botanicals exhibits, the U of M Bee Squad, and live entertainment by Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade.

Art in Bloom Floral Design Workshop
Wednesday, April 23, 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
The Heritage Room, Bachman’s on Lyndale
Cost: $50

Art in Bloom is a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements inspired by fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Attend this special evening in the Heritage Room at Bachman’s on Lyndale for a closer look at one of the inspiring art pieces included in this year’s festival, the Saito Ippo Japanese Screen (byobu) “Flowers of the Seasons.” Hear some of its 19th century history and then learn how to create an arrangement inspired by that very piece of art using blooming branches, Hydrangea, red Alstros and other materials. The class will be led by Bachman's Diane Enge and special guest instructor Sue Bagge, Susan is an experienced ikebana artist and teacher who has exhibited at Art in Bloom many times, traveled to Japan to study and teach classes at the Sogetsu School of ikebana, and has developed seasonal courses for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Ticket expense covers all materials used in your floral creation. 20% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Art in Bloom.

April Terrarium Workshops
Thursday, April 24, 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
Saturday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
The Design Room, Bachman’s on Lyndale
Cost: $50

Terrariums are unique ecosystems, usually constructed in a clear glass container, that merge natural elements and one’s imagination to create a unique, magical environment. Channel your own creativity with a little guidance from a Bachman’s expert and learn how to construct your own terrarium with miniature plants and a diverse mix of natural materials. Practical and aesthetic considerations will be discussed. Ticket cost covers all materials needed, but participants may bring small objects of interest to personalize their creation even more.

Art in Bloom 2014
May 1-4
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Cost: Free

Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 31st annual Art in Bloom. Delight in over 150 floral arrangements designed to interpret pieces of art from the MIA’s permanent collection. Art in Bloom offers four full days of free and ticketed events, including Flowers After Hours (May 1) to kick off the festival, and Family Day (March 3), featuring Bachman's. Learn more.

May Container Workshops
Summer Shade: Saturday, May 3, 3-5 p.m. | Register Now
Summer Sun: Tuesday, May 13, 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
Summer Sun: Sunday, May 18, 2-4 p.m. | Register Now
Summer Shade: Wednesday, May 21, 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
The Design Room, Bachman’s on Lyndale
Cost: $50

Do you want your containers to truly impress this season? Bachman’s will teach participants how to create outstanding and show-stopping containers for the summer season using a variety of shade or sun-loving plants, depending on the class. Learn how to create a winning combination using “thriller, filler and spiller” approach to containers that will last all season long. Ticket cost covers all materials used.

Spring Sustainability Workshops with Spark-Y!
Multiple Dates
Bachman's on Lyndale
Cost: $8 (plus fees)
| Register Now
Kids ages 5-10 (youth) and 11-14 (teen) will have a blast while learning about urban agriculture and sustainability in these classes taught by staff members of Spark-Y. Each sustainability workshop will include icebreakers, “energy” games, interactive learning, creativity and art, and a hands-on project. Sign your child up for one or all four classes!

Spark-Y is a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering Minneapolis area youth with knowledge, job preparation, and life success skills through hands-on sustainable education. These classes will help prepare your youth for sustainability, using waste a resource, and the future.

May 3: Aquaponics 1: Tilapia
Start off with a swim and fin energy game, then learn about the role of fish in Aquaponics with a live play! Create art, blast a worksheet, and create your own Aquaponics model from re-used waste materials.

May 10: Aquaponics 2: Plants
Start off with a “Seed, Seedling, and Plant” game, and learn about the life and life cycle of plants. Then microscope an Aquaponics system, and take home your own pocket garden!

May 17: Vermicomposting and Soil
Start off with the worm energy game, Learn the anatomy of the worm and how vermicomposting works, play in an actual vermicomposting system, and then make and take home a small vermicomposting kit after miscroscoping a dissected worm!

May 24: Mushrooms
Start off with the Mycelium energy game, then microscope a mushroom system and learn their uses and functions, while also identifying species and witnessing a mini mushroom kit, and then make spore prints and take-home art!

May 31: Algae
Play the Systems energy game and create your own spirulina smoothie. Then learn why algae can save the world and help explore outer space, and finish by microscoping algae.

June 7: Light Investigation
The sun is the energy that powers the earth. Learn about the scientific role of light waves and build a spectrometer to learn about what light is composed of in this hands-on workshop.

May Floral Design Workshops
Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. | SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 17, 2-4 p.m. | SOLD OUT
The Design Room, Bachman’s on Lyndale
Cost: $50

Brighter, warmer days are ahead! Jump into spring and embrace the emerging sights, sounds, and wildlife by creating your own bright arrangement using colorful Roses, Lilies, and Hydrangea. Features a glass vase with bird detail, and a nest nestling amidst the blooms and branches. Part of a series, this educational, hands-on workshop is led by award-winning Bachman’s floral designer Diane Enge. Ticket expense covers all materials used in your floral creation.

Paving and Wall Installation Tips
Saturday, May 17, 9-11 a.m. | Register Now
Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Register Now
Heritage Room, Bachman's on Lyndale
Cost: $5

Let the professionals from Anchor Block and Bachman's Hardscapes walk you through the proper steps to installing your new paver patio and/or wall system. The class will be divided into time for instruction, a hands-on demo, and a live question and answer session.

DIY Retaining Walls
Saturday, May 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Register Now
Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Register Now
Heritage Room, Bachman's on Lyndale
Cost: $5

Dave Klien with Allan Block is an industry expert on retaining wall design and construction. Attend this session to learn about the various systems available in today's market and the proper install techniques that are critical in Minnesota.

June Floral Design Workshops
Thursday, June 19, 6-8 p.m. | Register Now
Saturday, June 21, 2-4 p.m. | Register Now
The Design Room, Bachman’s on Lyndale
Cost: $50

Summer is filled with special occasions, from graduations to recitals. Learn how to embrace Roses in a brand new way and take home a modern display featuring multiple vases that’s perfect to decorate your table and enhance the celebration. Part of a series, this educational, hands-on workshop is led by award-winning Bachman’s floral designer Diane Enge. Ticket expense covers all materials used in your floral creation.

Horticultural meetings at Bachman's on Lyndale:
- Orchid Society of Minnesota
- Minnesota Peony Society
- Minnesota Hemerocallis Society
- Minnesota Dahlia Society
- North Star Lily Society

Flower Shows hosted by Bachman's:
- Orchid Show – March
- Daffodil Show – May
- Rose Show – June
- Iris Show – June
- Peony Show – June
- North Star Lily Show - July
- Hosta Society Cut Leaf Show – July
- Dahlia Show – September
- African Violet Show – October

Fundraising Sales hosted by Bachman's:
- Bulb Sale of the North Star Lily Society – April and October
- Tuber Sale of the MN Dahlia Society – April
- Root Auction of the MN Peony Society – September
- Hemerocallis (Daylily) Sale – May

Bachman's Heritage Room
Hold your next event in the Heritage Room at Bachman's on Lyndale.
Learn more about renting the Heritage Room.