Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

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2 “Cabin Fever” Escapes in Minnesota January 20, 2012

bachmans floral gift and garden fixture sale | | paula bonelli

Bachman's Prop & Fixture Sale

Hey Minnesotans! Bachman’s Prop & Fixture sale is going on now. 50% off all the unique & vintage pieces previously seen at the Ideas House. (Ideas House is the historic Bachman’s family home decorated a few times during the year with fresh ideas. It’s located on the main campus of Bachman’s Floral, Gift and Garden in Minneapolis and there is a nominal walk-thru fee. The Spring Ideas House is March 22 – April 15, 2012.)

While you’re escaping cabin fever and browsing the sale, check out the rest of the store. For me, there is no better way to spend a day than meandering through the green plants and flowers on a chilly winter day. It’s warm in the greenhouse and you can take a break among the flora and fauna for some hot cocoa at the cafe. Seriously, I could make a day of it — heaven on earth in the middle of winter!

bachmans greenhouse cafe | | paula bonelli

Bachman's Greenhouse Cafe

Plus I love getting ideas for my garden and home. If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I’m not particularly good about coming up with original ideas AND I’m a bargain hunter. I love to look at what others put together as inspiration for my own ideas.

With my own ideas comes a price I’m willing to pay (almost ALWAYS less than what they want at a retail location!). So the hunt begins to reproduce a look at a REALLY affordable price, whether that means getting it on clearance, at a thrift or antique store, or at a garage sale. I love the occasional ‘junk’ sales you can find now; great place to pull a look together!

Cabin Fever escape #2 in Minnesota is the greenhouses at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota. They even host a gourmet Valentine’s Day dinner. Nestled among the gardens are candle-lit tables for 2. The dinner includes 2 entrees, wine, dessert and coffee. Add to the ambiance a few live musicians and you have the makings of a romantic dinner. Wow, where do I sign up?! Tickets are a bit spendy at $165.00/couple, but since it’s a .org a portion of the cost is tax-deductible.

Valentine's Dinner 2012 Como Park Conservatory St Paul MN

Valentine's Dinner Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

So what are you waiting for? Get your camera and enjoy a summer day in the middle of winter!


2 Responses to “2 “Cabin Fever” Escapes in Minnesota”

  1. Hi Paula – one of my favorite treasures is a bird bath that made from concrete with a big hosta leaf for texture – a class offered by our local gardening organization. So, one option for beating the winter blues is to take a 2 hour class and learn to make something great for the garden!

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