Learn how rain gardens are good for the environment and your pocketbook

Want a garden that attracts birds and butterflies, helps protect our water resources and may even help reduce your monthly stormwater utility fee? Build a rain garden! Metro Blooms, a local organization that promotes and celebrates gardening is sponsoring rain garden workshops that will teach you how to install a rain garden using native plants that don’t require fertilizers or pesticides.

Rain gardens allow rain and melting snow to seep naturally into the ground. This helps recharge groundwater and keeps contaminants from being washed into storm drains and carried to our lakes, rivers and creeks. Participants will also learn about downspout redirection and more eco-friendly lawn care. Workshop attendees can get a $65 native plant reimbursement grant.

Metro Blooms or contact Noelle Hechtman at (651) 699-2426. Space is limited.

Workshops are sponsored by Metro Blooms with support from the City of Minneapolis, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Hennepin County Environmental Services, Minneapolis Public Works Storm Water Education Fund, and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

March 13, 2009

Published Mar. 13, 2009