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2014 Triumphs And Lessons Learned

Wow.  I know I said last year was busy, but 2014 was so busy we hardly had time to blog about, well, anything.  Over the last 12 months we’ve worked with some amazing partners to install 96 raingardens, 6 bisowales, 1 trench drain, and 4 permeable pavement systems.  We’ve held 7 corporate volunteer events, educated 430 citizens…  Read More

Rapson Hall Raingarden

The Rapson Hall raingarden is designed to connect two existing overflow catch basins in a grassy bio-infiltration area in the courtyard outside of Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota. The existing site was made up entirely of turf grass and offered very little infiltration of stormwater runoff. This design employs deep-rooted native plants to…  Read More

Sheridan NORG

Sheridan Neighborhood of Raingardens

The Sheridan Neighborhood Organization and Metro Blooms have collaborated to provide raingardens to residents of the Sheridan neighborhood over several years, installing 31 raingardens in the neighborhood as of 2019. These raingardens were constructed with help from a Clean Water Fund grant so Conservation Corps crews could excavate the raingardens. Residents planted and continue to…  Read More

VLAWMO Community Blue

Metro Blooms partnered with the Vadnais Lakes Area Watershed Management Organization (VLAWMO) to engage schools, businesses, churches and community organizations in the installation of stormwater management practices. The six participating properties included the White Bear Montessori School, Children’s Discovery Academy, Vadnais Heights Fire Station in partnership with the Vadnais Heights Rotary, Vadnais Heights Elementary School,…  Read More

Holland Neighborhood of Raingardens

In 2015, the Holland Neighborhood Association partnered with Metro Blooms to install seven raingardens in the neighborhood. Nine raingardens were installed at residences and one at a business within the neighborhood. The Conservation Corps aided with raingarden excavation, and participants planted and maintain their raingardens.

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.  

Great Streets Commercial Corridors

Metro Blooms worked with community organizations and business owners to promote and design stormwater management features at commercial sites at 38th and Chicago, 38th and Bloomington, and along the Central Avenue and Glenwood corridors to beautify the corridor, reduce crime, and manage stormwater. Through Clean Water Fund and Hennepin County grants in partnership with Mississippi…  Read More


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.

Cedar Isles Dean NORG

Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood of Raingardens

The Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association partnered with Metro Blooms and the Conservation Corps in 2014 to install 10 raingardens in the neighborhood. Participants attended a neighborhood workshop to learn more about raingardens, maintenance and native plants. Raingardens were excavated with help from the Conservation Corps, and residents planted their gardens.

City of Champlin Maintenace

Metro Blooms began working with the City of Champlin in 2014 to maintain large-scale raingardens that infiltrate runoff from the Champlin City Hall and Police Department. That partnership has expanded to maintenance of several other large raingardens at locations throughout the city with help from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota. We have continued this work…  Read More

Columbia Park Neighborhood of Raingardens

From 2014-2017, Metro Blooms collaborated with the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association to install raingardens for residents throughout the neighborhood. The Conservation Corps partnered with us to complete excavations. Residents planted, and continue to maintain their raingardens today.

Field Regina Northrup NORG

Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood of Raingardens

The Field Regina Northrop neighborhood group partnered with Metro Blooms to install 10 raingardens in the neighborhood in 2014. Nine raingardens were installed at residences and one at a church within the neighborhood. The Conservation Corps helped with raingarden excavation, and participants planted and maintain their raingardens.

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

A Blooming Alley in St. Paul

Metro Blooms of Minneapolis has taken its work to make alleys greener across the river into St. Paul. Four raingardens, three areas of native plantings and a permeable pavement system are new features of the landscape in and near a Merriam Park alley that help prevent water pollution and provide more natural habitat. It’s part…  Read More

Grow with KARE: Best cottage garden

Take time to “smell the roses” with the first of 3 eye-catching segments with Belinda Jensen featuring a few of our 2014 top garden award-winners! Tune in the next several Fridays at 6pm or Saturdays at 9am to be awed by even more environmentally-friendly gardens! Catch the wave and learn about ‪#‎pledge2plant‬ and ‪#‎10000plantings‬.  …  Read More

What Is Blooming Alleys All About?

Blooming Alleys is a program of Metro Blooms that aims to protect waterways, create habitat, and transform communities by working with blocks of residents to re-imagine what their alleyway looks like and how it functions. The goal of Blooming Alleys is to reduce the volume of stormwater runoff flowing to the alleyway while creating a beautiful…  Read More

Blooming Alleys Partnerships

In the fall of 2014 Metro Blooms worked with some great community members just to the west of Lake Nokomis to install the first ever “Blooming Alley” in Minneapolis.  Since then, the idea has caught on like wildfire.  We’re expanding the project around Lake Nokomis to another 15 alleys and the Lynnhurst neighborhood and neighborhoods surrounding…  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

Green Streets For Blue Waters

Hello All, We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants of the Bloomington Green Streets for Blue Waters program for taking part in this important project and give everyone else a quick overview of all that’s been accomplished! Over the last two years, Metro Blooms, in partnership with the City of Bloomington and…  Read More

Lake Nokomis Alley Get-Together

On April 12th, 2014 more then 35 neighbors from two blocks in the Lake Nokomis watershed got together to reimagine their alleyway.  Why? How? Where? Was there food? you may be asking.  To answer the most pressing question, yes, there was food.  There was also creativity flowing, neighbors interacting, idea sharing, and community forming.  It was…  Read More

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

Raingardens And Beyond Workshops, Soon To Be At A Community Center Near You!

Schnazy new title, and some new information too. This year Metro Blooms’ classic Raingarden Workshops are doing just what the new title says…they’re going beyond the do-it-yourself approach to raingarden design and installation and covering topics such as simple healthy lawn care practices more in depth.  The information you’ll gain will be oh so helpful not…  Read More