It’s almost July.  Tomorrow is July!  One of my favorite months of the year.  July is a busy month and this is why I love it:

  • Concerts in the park.
  • 4th of July at the cabin.
  • Boat parades.
  • Sitting on my front step, drinking coffee and watching all the activity in my garden.
  • Pulling weeds in the evening with an adult beverage in hand.
  • Welcoming hummingbirds.
  • Monarch caterpillars.
  • Swimming lessons in the lake.
  • Peak garden performance.
  • Tonkadale travel-buying trips, education and trial gardens.
  • Networking with vendors.
  • Being busy.
  • Many good sweats.
  • Neighbors.
  • Clogs.
  • Hip-hip Hooray for Pollinator Day!

Please let me present you with your special invitation to Pollinator Day 2017!

Sunday, July 30
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for an entire day dedicated to pollinators, one of our greatest resources.  Perfect for families and kids of all ages!

Download the flyer (PDF)

The Incentives

Enjoy 20% off select pollinator favorites!

Nosh and nourish

Enjoy honey-inspired sweat treats provided Great Harvest Minnetonka.

Local honey samples and lemonade by Lakewinds Food Co-op.

The Fro Yo Soul frozen yogurt truck will be here with tasty treats!

Brats and hot dogs from your friends at Tonkadale!

Educational Seminars

Pollinator Seminar and Book Signing  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Rhonda Flemming Hayes, author of Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators, presents and identifies the most visible and beloved pollinators, as well as some unlikely candidates, while explaining the intriguing synergy between plants and pollinators.

Pollinators and Native Plants 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Vera Krischik, Professor of Entomology at the University of Minnesota, discusses the relationship between pollinators and native plants, as well as Integrated Pest Management as it relates to efficacy and pollinator health.

Butterfly Jane 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Janie Grillo, aka “Butterfly Jane,” has been raising and releasing monarchs since 2001. Listen as she shares her vast knowledge of the monarch life cycle and migration.

Storytime 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Pollinator-themed stories told through movement and music with the Wayzata children’s librarian, Kia Vang!

Creative Kidstuff Craft Table 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Happi from Creative Kidstuff, and the wildly popular show The Happi House, hosts pollinator-themed crafts for kids of all ages.

Hands-on Projects

  • Flower stamp tea towels.
  • Build a butterfly puddling station.
  • Soup can garden stakes.
  • Color your commitment – Take the pollinator pledge.
  • Cell phone photo booth – Featuring props and mural boards.

Meet and Greet

Raising Honeybees

With Darwin the Beekeeper: The joys of beekeeping and making honey.

Pollinate MN

Observe a live hive of bees while wearing a beekeeper’s hat and suit.

U of M Master Gardeners

Pollinator garden consultations for answers to gardening questions of any kind.


The feeding and nesting habits of these amazing little creatures. Ideas to create a hummingbird haven in your garden.

Pollinators and Our Food

The important role of pollinators play in food diversity and availability.

Midwest Groundcovers

Favorite native plants of pollinators and the benefits of including natives in your landscape.

Botanical Interests

The four Ps of pollinator gardening, starting from seeds.

Raising and Releasing Monarchs

Tonkadale’s own Butterfly Bill and our special guest Butterfly Jane showcase the monarch life cycle and migration – with live monarchs in all stages of life!

Humming for Bees

A grassroots, volunteer organization dedicated to saving bees. Members will discuss creating a sustainable future for bees. Your opportunity to create a Bee-Safe Yard.

Pollinator Habitats

Friendly places for pollinators to call home. Doable in your own back yard.

Beneficial Insects

Who are the goodies and the baddies of the garden?

Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association

Committed to the education and practice of beekeeping, this group is committed to encouraging sound beekeeping practices in the upper Midwest.

Happy July!  See you at Tonkdale, your greenhouse home!