Enjoy the Outdoors in Edina
August is just around the next bend and with it, summer begins its downward slide. Yuck. Soon it will be back-to-school, Labor Day, and yup …winter. The warm days never seem long enough, so we maximize them in every possible way. If you do and feel the same and are looking for a jolt of fresh chlorophyll, we’ve got a week of straight sunshine ahead and prime forecast for immersing yourself in the natural beauty around us.
Across the nation and for more than 20-years, The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program has offered flora and fauna enthusiasts the chance to dig into the labors of neighbors (figuratively speaking of course). The conservancy collaborates with private homeowners and landscapers to open private gates and to welcome outsiders into once-secret gardens.
These efforts strike close to home this coming Saturday when Edina’s own Downey-Bergstrom Garden is featured, along with another open-garden at Roseville’s Ohm Sweet Ohm. From 12:00-4:00 PM, gardening enthusiasts are invited to swing by one or both for a small-fee and a self-guided tour. Owners will be on-hand to answer questions, and you’re bound to pick up some tips and tricks for both indoor and outdoor applications.
For an even more immersive experience (and maybe a bit of a workout), consider venturing into the great outdoors at the 6th Annual Greenway Glow. In what’s slated to be one boisterous night, events kick off at 7:00 PM Saturday, July 29 and run through midnight. Awash in fluorescent light, you can jump into a 5K run, a 10K bike, or even a “slow-roll” where you can more leisurely imbibe the night’s lineup—all to benefit the safety and maintenance of what’s inarguably one of the area’s most popular destinations for biking, walking, and city-connectedness.
Visitors will also enjoy an Arts Festival from 7-12:00 midnight, hands-on crafts for the kids, and an After-Glow Party at Eastlake Brewing from 9:30-midnight. The party on wheels also promises tacos, catapult–launched LED water balloons—even an army of ukuleles (surely a first for us all). You’ll discover more than two dozen art installations, plus live performances and other special events like the Night Bike Gallery at the Ivy Building, featuring a bonfire, s’mores, and more.
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Area Events & Happenings
If you’d prefer your dose of the outdoors from inside, the notion only sounds paradoxical until you find yourself in Southdale’s Piccadilly Prairie for Mark Herman’s 2017 Hometown Lakes Series. Running from Wednesday through Sunday, swing by and pick up a print of a childhood memory, then get it signed by the artist on Friday; it’s a sentimental addition to your home or a nostalgic gift for a loved one.
Elsewhere, there’s no shortage of opportunity to immerse yourself in surrounding Edina. Hard as it might be, break free from that pool lounger and get out to experience it for yourself while the summer getting’s still good!
- Root Down, Ramp Up with CorePower Yoga – 6:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 26 at Galleria
- Farmers Market – 3:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, July in Centennial Lakes Park
- Movie in the Park: Passengers – 8:45 PM, Thursday, July 27 in Centennial Lakes Park
- Clearance Experience – Friday-Sunday, July 28-30 at Galleria
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.