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Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops

Raingarden Workshops for Clean Water

Get ready for spring by planning a garden that beautifies your yard and helps keep our water clean. Register now for a two-part workshop series, taught by landscape design specialists from the nonprofit group Metro Blooms. The $10 workshops will be offered from early April to mid June:


Part A-The Basics of Raingardens

Part B-Plan Your Own Garden

Waite Park Recreation Center

1810 34th Ave. NE, Minneapolis

Tues., April 17

6:30-8:30 PM

Tues., April 24

6:30-8:30 PM

Powderhorn Recreation Center

3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis

Thurs., April 19

6:30-8:30 PM

Thurs., April 26

6:30-8:30 PM

Lynnhurst Recreation Center

1345 Minnehaha Pkwy. W., Mpls.

Wed., April 25

6:30-8:30 PM

Wed., May 9

6:30-8:30 PM

North Regional Library

1315 Lowry Ave N.

Sat., April 28

1:00-2:30 PM

Sat., April 28

2:30-4:00 PM

Longfellow Recreation Center

3435 36th Ave. S., Mpls

Sat., May 12

10:00-12:00 Noon

Sat., May 19

10:00-12:00 Noon

Nokomis Lutheran Church

5011 31st Avenue South, Mpls.

Thurs., June 7

6:30-8:30 PM

Thurs., June 21

6:30-8:30 PM


Whether you are an experienced gardener or have never tried gardening before, these eco-friendly gardening workshops will help you learn how to:

  • Use native plants in your garden landscape
  • Limit fertilizers and pesticides without compromising a beautiful yard
  • Capture rainwater on site with rain gardens
  • Redirect your downspouts
  • Plan your garden.  Location! Location! Location!
  • Plan your own garden with one-on-one assistance from landscape designers and Hennepin Master Gardeners.

Participants are also eligible for a low-cost onsite consultation and raingarden design drawing.

 “Metro Blooms has been partnering with Twin Cities Metro communities to provide low-cost raingarden workshops since 2005,” said Metro Blooms Executive Director Becky Rice. “Over 5,000 residents have attended our workshops and over 2,000 raingardens have been installed.”

To register, visit or call 651.698-1390.  Fee: $10 per workshop. Sponsored by the City of Minneapolis.

Metro Blooms, a non-profit organization, works to strengthen communities by promoting eco-friendly gardening that beautifies neighborhoods and protects our environment.

Categories: Environment

Upcoming Block Leader Trainings

The Minneapolis Police Department has two short trainings coming up – we hope you can make it to one! You can arrive late/leave early if necessary for your schedule.

When: Monday February 27, 5:30-6:30 pm


Tuesday March 6, 11am-12pm/noon

Where: Fifth Precinct

3101 Nicollet Ave

Community room (all glass room facing 31st St)

How: *We’re off major bus routes on Nicollet Av

*Free visitor’s parking lot off 1st Av S

*Bike racks are available by the parking lot


Have a neighbor who may be interested? Bring them too!

Questions? Contact:

CPS Amy Lavender ( / 612.673.5407) or CPS Chelsea Adams ( / 612.673.2819)


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