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Don’t Miss the 2018 Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Tour!!

Did you know –

Hennepin County Master Gardener volunteers promote environmental stewardship by providing research-based horticultural information and education to enhance the quality of life in our communities.

In 2017 Hennepin County had 375 active Master Gardener volunteers who provided 29,000 hours of service to the community.

This year’s Learning Tour will be held rain or shine. Single tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the tour.   Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Children under 12 get in fre...

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 |  Community Events, Home Maintenance, Horticulture/Environment

Don’t Miss the 2018 Hennepin County Master Gardener Plant Sale!

If you are looking at a new gardening project this year, or just happen to want to purchase new plants then don’t miss the Hennepin County Master Gardener Plant Sale this weekend.  This annual sale is a huge hit in the Twin Cities and plants go quickly.

This year’s sale is on May 19, 2018 from 9:00 – 2:00

New location –

Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted methods of payment. Boxes are available, but it’s a good idea to bring a cart or wagon if you plant ...

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Green Home Terms

Whether you’re building the home of your dreams or looking for an existing unit, there’s a lot of data involved in finding the right environmentally friendly dwelling. Here’s a breakdown of the different certification systems for energy-efficient homes.

RESNET
The Residential Energy Services Network is a not-for-profit corporation that develops industry-wide standards and rules for energy efficiency ratings and certification systems for buildings. In addition to overseeing the HERS index (see below), RESNET certifies contractors of all ty...

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 |  Home Maintenance, Home Organization, Horticulture/Environment, Interior Design, Real Estate News, Selling a Home

Five Easy Summer Decorating Ideas to Brighten Your Home

Summer is the perfect season for spending warm evenings outside, hosting get-togethers with friends, and enjoying the longer days. What better way to take advantage of the long days and abundant natural light than in your own home?

Here are 5 simple summer home décor tips that can instantly brighten and transform your living spaces.

kitchen in luxury home

1. Add Splashes of Bright Colors

Make a neutral room visually interesting by adding small, colorful details.

Try placing a bright flower arrangement on the coffee table, putting eye-catching ...

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 |  Home Maintenance, Home Organization, Horticulture/Environment, Selling a Home

Five Simple Ideas for a Low-Maintenance Indoor Garden

Many homeowners find gardening is an enjoyable outdoor activity with several additional benefits: enhancing curb appeal, creating bright pops of color, and even providing homegrown ingredients for meals.

But outdoor plants need just the right amount of sunshine, space, fertile soil, and maintenance to be able to flourish.

You don’t need to abandon your dream of having a garden if you don’t have the space — bring the garden indoors! Here are a few ideas to spice up your home with easy-to-maintain indoor plants.

Grow Herbs on Your Kitchen Windowsill

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 |  Home Maintenance, Horticulture/Environment, Purchasing a Home, Real Estate News, Resources to Hire Professionals

The Top 5 Home Features That Save Time and Money

Everyone wants to save money on energy bills every month. But did you know that having today’s popular energy-efficient features in your home can also save you time and stress when you sell your home?

More and more first-time home buyers are searching for homes in the area, so there is more of a demand for move-in ready homes or homes with certain features.

As Millennial Magazine notes, what buyers are looking for in a home include open floor plans, homes with gr...

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 |  Home Organization, Horticulture/Environment, Safety

Houseplants that are Toxic to Cats and Dogs

The following is published in honor of Knightly Stutsman ~ The kindest friend who had a long, happy and healthy life, and who would want the same for your own pet.

July 27, 2004 to June 17, 2014

A number of common plants can be quite toxic and sometimes fatal to your pets.  Below is a list of some of the more common plants that can create trouble and unwanted vet bills.  This is not a complete list.   This information has been provided to y...

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