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You are invited to Tonkadale’s fall events

In Blog, Events, Fall, Feature by Jessie Jacobson

Tonkadale has been holding events since the beginning of time. Our events are fun, fresh and always approachable. Now more than ever, our ridiculous passion is focused on YOU as we invite you to share our space. After all, Tonkadale is your greenhouse home.

We all have our places. Our first place is most likely home. Our second, work. Our third, well that depends. Tonkadale wants to be your third place, if only for a moment in time. So join us, bring a friend or two – we may even come to you!

It’s a Party

Tonkadale staffWe are throwing a party to celebrate you! Customer Appreciation Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th. You heard it here first – 50% off all perennials, 20% off all garden supplies, indoor plants and plant housing (that’s containers and such). We’re boiling sweet corn and serving free hot dogs and root beer floats on Saturday while they last. Stop in before or after the soccer game for a bite to eat and a plant to plant!

Hey Plant People

Succulents in zigzag containerPlants in our dwellings improve air quality, increase focus and creativity and reduce stress. Take advantage of the benefits of plants in our plant-centric Hey Plant People! workshops on August 25 or September 22. You have the opportunity to choose your price point, choose your container and choose your plants. Focus will be on succulents, cactus and tillandsia (air plants) projects. One-on-one customer service and plant styling available while you shop. Set your college student up for success as you send them off to their dorm room or apartment or bring a group of friends, family or co-workers. No need to register, just show up between 10 am and 2 pm on these designated days!

If you can’t come to us, we can meet you at the brewery. This September, you have two opportunities to sip beer or other craft beverages while planting succulents at one or two of our favorite local breweries:

Sips and Succulents at Unmapped Brewing on Wednesday, September 12
Sips and Succulents at Back Channel Brewing on Sunday, September 16

$45.00 all in – includes all materials, choice of container and one free beer or craft N/A beverage. Plus 10% off your next succulent purchase at Tonkadale.

For the Makers

Or really anyone who loves to work with their hands. If you are afraid of working with your hands, we will hold it.

Set your fall door step up for success as we create fall planters using frost tolerant plants and ultra cool twigs, pods, stems and objects at the Fall Container Workshop on Saturday, September 15. Design staff will be available to assist as you create and construct your item in our workshop space.

Harvest the Power of Plants on Saturday, October 6th has a great line-up of hands-on workshops:

Join Jodi McKee, owner of Jewelweed, a health and wellness boutique located in Wayzata, as she demonstrates the benefits of fire cider at the Fire Cider Workshop. Made with garlic, pepper and horseradish and take on the onset of a cold, this remedy can stave off viruses and enhance immunity. Instruction and materials to create your very own batch of fire cider.

Learn the basics of zymurgy with Ky from GYST Fermentation Bar, including what lactic-acid fermentation actually is, the sustainability of it and why fermented vegetables have amazing health benefits at the Fermentation Workshop. Participants will make their own sauerkraut to take home!

You need sauerkraut and fire cider in yo’ life.

Finally, create a macrame plant hanger for your jungle like plant spaces- again at two opportunities at our two favorite breweries:

Macrame the Day Away at Unmapped Brewing on Wednesday, September 26
Macrame the Day Away at Back Channel Brewing on Sunday, September 30

$45.00 all in – includes all materials. Plant and pot sold separately. Plus 10% off your next pot and plant purchase at Tonkadale.

Paparazzi Included

Lady in hat looking at cameraBack to back weekends of high fashion fun!

Saturday, September 22 at 9 am – Our ever-so-popular and not-so-highly-exclusive (everyone is welcome), Instagram/Photography meet-up. If you are a grip and grin, selfie savant, sharp over soft or spray-and-pray photog with any kind of glass – join us for a morning of photography fun in the greenhouse. Chimp and clip your way through plant-centric demonstration stations. Kids activity table. Free 2-inch terrarium plant for all guests with pic posting proof. Use and follow the hashtags #mygreenhousehome or @tonkadale.

Saturday, September 29 at 10 am – The fall edition of the Hipster Houseplant Runway Show. Take a seat along the turf runway as we showcase the hippest houseplants for this season. Plant styling and plant care basics.  Low, medium and bright light favorites presented in ultra-hip containers and combinations to connect you to your everyday spaces. Detailed, approachable and hilarious commentary to set you up for success.

For the Kids

Kid planting rosemary in a potThird Thursdays – story time and planting projects at Tonakdale. Register for either Thursday, September 20 or October 18. Listen to a plant or garden themed story with movement and motion. Choose to stay for a $5.00 planting project.  Children of all ages welcome.

St. Davids Center’s Get out and Grow Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29th. Humans, especially children seek connections with nature and living things. Kids love to experience their surroundings with all of their senses.  Take this and the benefits of plants, which are many, home with you when you stop by the Tonkadale’s booth on location. Each child will plant a terrarium plant in a terra cotta pot to take home and care for.

Fairy Garden Friday will be held during MEA break this year. Hooray, no school! Oh no, what to do? Join us to create a fairy garden to enjoy indoors using miniature plants and accessories. Register each child who will be completing a project.

Pumpkin Carving is an annual favorite. Carve a pumpkin at Tonkadale on Saturday, October 27 and leave the mess here. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, cost of pumpkin only. Costumes encouraged for fall photo opportunities. No need to tell us your coming, just show up. Pre-washed and shined pumpkins, stencils, decorations and treats at the ready!

Giving Back

DogThis one’s for the dogs (don’t tell the cats). Biscuits and Blooms, a fundraiser to benefit Underdog Rescue will be held on Saturday, October 13. This 1 pm – 4 pm full day of fun features beer from Back Channel Brewing, smoked meats and southern eats by Bark and the Bite, 17 vendor booths, a fabulous silent auction, professional pet snap-shots, the wall of wine and so much more. Adoptable dogs will be present. You just might find your new best friend.

October 20 will be dedicated to service for Neighbors in Need. Sign up as a group or individual to work along side Tonkadale staff members as we complete tasks in the yards and gardens of those who could use an extra hand. Tonkadale is working with The HOME Program, which is part of Senior Community Services based in Minnetonka. The HOME Program mobilizes open-hearted people to bring seniors affordable home maintenance and chore services delivered by community volunteers (us and you!). Meet at Tonkadale to rally your team and meet your team captain as you grab your FREE pair of garden gloves!


For the full list of events in date friendly sequence, visit our events page.

Thank you making Tonkadale a part of your third place.