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2013 Triumphs And Lessons Learned

As 2013 winds to an end, we find ourselves spending a lot of time planning for NEXT year.  At Metro Blooms we’re writing work plans for 2014, anxiously awaiting the results of grant applications, and scheduling maintenance and installations for the coming summer.  But I thought before the hustle and bustle of a new year…  Read More

Neighborhood Of Raingarden Installations 2013

Throughout the summer and fall of 2013, Metro Blooms has been working hard with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa to install raingardens in five different neighborhoods in Minneapolis.  The projects were partnerships with neighborhood associations and community members as part of our Neighborhood of Raingardens program.  Some of these partnerships were new this…  Read More

Blooming Schoolyards 2013

Many Metro Blooms supporters have not heard of Blooming Schoolyards, Metro Blooms’ K-12 outdoor classroom education program. And what a shame that is because I can tell you from experience that it is one of the most enjoyable programs I’ve had the opportunity to participate in as Metro Blooms’ GreenCorps member. Blooming Schoolyards has occurred…  Read More

Ryan Lake Neighborhood of Raingardens

This program was for installation of raingardens in the Ryan Lake Watershed in the Victory Neighborhood of North Minneapolis in 2013. Metro Blooms and the Victory Neighborhood Association identified sites that offered high runoff capture potential, helped alleviate flooding, and offered potential for homeowners to learn the importance of protecting water quality in nearby Ryan…  Read More

Linden Hills Neighborhood of Raingardens

The project focused on private property owners and involved a coordinated outreach effort, educational trainings, and the installation of raingardens in the Linden Hills Neighborhood of Minneapolis. In addition to a raingarden installation, we performed follow-up maintenance visits with each participant the following year. The project expanded to include site consultations and designs for commercial…  Read More

Longfellow Neighborhood of Raingardens

In 2014, we partnered with the Longfellow Neighborhood Association for a Neighborhood of Raingardens, resulting in the installation of 10 raingardens. We led raingarden workshops and worked with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota to install the raingardens. Since then we have continued to work with Longfellow on raingarden installation.  

Bethune Community School

We worked with Bethune through our Blooming Schoolyards program in 2013 to design and install a raingarden at their school. In 2015, we partnered with the Pohlad Foundation to further improve the landscape at the site.


Bloomington Green Streets for Blue Waters

In partnership with the City of Bloomington, engagement, design and installation of curb cuts and a backyard bioswale across 5 properties in Bloomington, Minnesota in the Minnesota River and Nine Mile Creek watersheds. Project also included maintenance training for participating properties.

Bryn Mawr NORG

Bryn Mawr Neighborhood of Raingardens

Metro Blooms partnered with the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association and the Conservation Corps to install three raingardens in the neighborhood in 2013.

East Calhoun Neighborhood of Raingardens

This project was a partnership between the East Calhoun neighborhood organization (ECCO) and Metro Blooms to install raingardens on private property within the neighborhood. ECCO helped fund the program and participant residents received a landscape consultation. We partnered with the Conservation Corps to excavate the raingardens, resulting in 14 new raingardens in the neighborhood.

Gardening for Environmental Health

Board member Carol Kuechler’s story with Metro Blooms: In 2007, I first saw Metro Blooms’ work while touring two Minneapolis neighborhoods where raingardens and other stormwater management strategies prevented water from getting into basements. I was so intrigued by the beauty of the native plants like Joe-Pye weed in the raingardens and curious about practices…  Read More

Raingarden Maintenance: Plant Replacement And Establishment

As you may have read in our recent blog post ‘Green Streets for Blue Waters’, our two year project in partnership with the City of Bloomington just wrapped up. The project included the addition of 18 newly installed curb cut raingardens and a fabulous vegetated bio-swale.  After installations were complete, we were charged with ensuring these…  Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Greg Silverman And The EvaluateIt Mobile App Team

Greg first heard about Metro Blooms when he met Bob Wolk and his wife Debby at a High Tea hosted by Adam Majewski. When Bob learned that Greg was interested in native gardening, he convinced Greg to join the Metro Blooms board. In March 2012, Becky Rice suggested that Greg instead utilize his technical skills…  Read More

Metro Blooms Garden Evaluation And Awards

On November 7th, 2013 over 150 people gathered at the Columbia Manor in Northeast Minneapolis to recognize beautiful Minneapolis gardens, and the people that create them, at our annual Minneapolis Garden Awards event.  It was an awe-inspiring evening filled with stories of how many of these gardens came to be.  And just how did we…  Read More

Warm Season Weeding

Weeds.  They can be daunting at times, especially when you’re looking at your garden or yard thinking, these can’t ALL be weeds, can they?! Weeds can be tricky to identify, so the first step is knowing what those common weeds look like.  Generally, weeds are split into two categories: cool season weeds, and warm season…  Read More

End Of The Year Update

As the end of 2012 approaches Metro Blooms is looking back on some of the big moments we had this year.  As always we started the year out with a series of raingarden workshops throughout the metro area and Blooms Day, an educational event combined with a plant sale and garden awards.  Our Blooming Schoolyards…  Read More