Raingarden Workshops

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

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  • 2017 State Fair

    Blue Thumb Exhibit

    Visit us outside the Eco Experience Building! We’ll have native plant and turf alternative info and examples, our Pledge to Plant campaign, and some easy chairs.

    August 24th to September 4th

    Blue Thumb State Fair Exhibit
  • Blooming Alleys

    Blooming Alley Bike Tour

    Join Metro Blooms designers and staff for a tour of our recently completed Blooming Alleys project! Sunday, September 10th from noon to 1:30 p.m, meet at Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis Main Beach.

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  • Garden Awards

    2016 Garden Award Winners Announced

    Every year, dozens of volunteers throughout Minneapolis evaluate close to 1,000 gardens nominated for awards.

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    Award winner Carol Kuechler with Laura Scholl
  • Neighborhood Projects

    Prospect Park

    A Neighborhood of Raingardens project with 15 best management practices.


  • Commercial Projects

    Black Forest Inn

    A small business reduces property flooding and pollution of the Mississippi!


  • Blooming Alleys

    Lake Nokomis

    Neighbors transform their alleyways and improve water quality!


Your donation is an investment in the future of our shared legacy, and will help us improve the health of our urban landscapes.

If you love gardens, clean watersheds and working with your community, join hundreds of others and enjoy the fun!

Metro Blooms Blue Thumb program is a public-private partnership promoting the use of native plants, raingardens and shoreline stabilization to improve water quality.