Raingarden Workshops and Lottery Reminder

Columbia Park Neighbors
Are you interested in having a raingarden in your yard but were put off by planning or the thought of the back breaking labor of digging up your yard.  Have we got the program for you.  At our February meeting we will be allocating the last 10 gardens of our raingarden program to lucky neighbors.  Interested in knowing more check out our December newsletter here.  Then sign up for a Metro Blooms workshop to get more information .  It’s a great way to keep the Mississippi River clean.
Learn how at 2015 spring workshops hosted by Metro Blooms workshops across metro.
What?
Help keep our lakes and rivers clean while creating a beautiful and bee/butterfly-friendly habitat in your yard! This workshop, Raingardens and Beyond: Clean Water, Healthy Habitats from Metro Blooms will first give you an overview of raingardens and native plants. Then, you’ll receive recommendations for  your property with one-on-one assistance from Metro Blooms landscape designers and Hennepin County Master Gardeners, as well as information about cost share programs and how you can apply.
When?              February-June 2015
Where?             8 Twin Cities metro locations, with more to come!
In Northeast the workshop will be at Logan Park on Thursday June 4, 2015 from 6-9pm
Visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426
Cost: $15*

Why?
In a healthy forest, only about 10 percent of the rain that falls each year leaves the forest as surface runoff. In a developed urban area, more than 50 percent runs off, carrying pollution to our local water bodies. Raingardens help runoff soak into the soil to be cleaned naturally, provide excellent homes or bees and butterflies, and recharge our precious groundwater.
Who?
 Workshop presented by Metro Blooms, sponsored by the Cities of Minneapolis, Bloomington, Plymouth, and Champlin, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Hennepin County Master Gardener Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission, Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission and Richfield-Bloomington Watershed Management Organization.
Metro Blooms has presented raingarden workshops for the last six years helping over 8,000 homeowners and businesses install raingardens throughout the metro area.
*You can also mail your registration and $15 payment to Raingarden Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 17099, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Enclose a check, payable to Metro Blooms, and include the workshop location, your name, address, zip code, phone number and your email address.
Register now. Some locations fill up fast. The $15 workshops will be offered February through June:
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