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2015 Top Garden Awardees Announced

Metro Blooms is pleased to announce the 2015 Top Minneapolis Garden Awards.  These gardens represent some of the most beautiful, creative and sustainable gardens in the Minneapolis, selected by volunteer evaluators from more than 1,000 nominations. The Minneapolis Garden Awards program has been recognizing outstanding work in publicly visible gardens since 1983. Photos of these…  Read More

Standish Ericsson NORG

Standish Ericsson Neighborhood of Raingardens

In 2015 and 2018, the Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA) and Metro Blooms worked together to engage residents in practices protecting water quality. Ultimately, 32 raingardens were installed in the neighborhood with help from the Conservation Corps to excavate and shape the raingardens. Participants planted their raingardens according to their designs.

Standish Ericsson Permeable Alley

Working in conjunction with numerous partners, this project led to the first permeable alleyway, privately owned, in Minneapolis. We monitored runoff in the alley for a year. Then, in the spring of 2018, we had a PaveDrain system installed in the alleyway to capture and infiltrate runoff. Preliminary results show that more than 90% of…  Read More

Tangletown NORG

Tangletown Neighborhood of Raingardens

Metro Blooms and the Tangletown Neighborhood Association worked together to engage residents and install five raingardens in the neighborhood in 2015. This collaboration will be continuing.

Minneapolis Public Schools Maintenance

Metro Blooms works with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to maintain and inspect stormwater management practices at more than 20 sites district wide. These practices include raingardens, underground infiltration systems, permeable pavement, and wet ponds. Metro Blooms takes a sustainable, pollinator-friendly approach, and does not use herbicides. Vegetation management includes hand pulling weeds, planting and seeding…  Read More

Kenwood NORG

Kenwood Isles Neighborhood of Raingardens

In 2015 and 2017, Metro Blooms teamed up with the Kenwood Neighborhood Organization to install raingardens on private property in the Kenwood Isles neighborhood. Thirty-five raingardens were installed. Conservation Corps aided with raingarden excavation, and participants planted and maintain their raingardens.

Lynnhurst Blooming Alleys for Clean Water

Funded by a grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Hennepin County and resident participants, this project focused on installing practices such as raingardens, permeable pavement and native plantings around targeted alleys. On average, in this area, 60% of a property’s impervious surface drains to the alley. The goal was to reduce stormwater runoff and…  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.

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.

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.

Cleveland Victory NORG

Cleveland and Victory Neighborhood of Raingardens

Over the years we have worked with the Cleveland and Victory neighborhoods, resulting in 64 raingarden installations in these two neighborhoods. The raingardens are included in annual garden tours to educate people about stormwater management and the beauty and other benefits of raingardens.

Diamond Lake BA

Diamond Lake Blooming Alleys for Clean Water

This was a community-focused project to improve the water quality and create native habitat in the Diamond Lake Watershed in 2015 and 2016. With funding from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and Hennepin County, Metro Blooms engaged local residents to install practices such as raingardens, permeable pavement, and native plantings. The focus of this project…  Read More

Mission + Vision + Equity

Mission Metro Blooms partners with communities to create resilient landscapes and foster clean watersheds, embracing the values of equity and inclusion to solve environmental challenges. Vision Engage communities to create resilient landscapes. Equity At Metro Blooms, we work to create the conditions for all of a community’s members to be meaningfully involved in environmental improvement


For over ten years, we have been teaching residents throughout Minnesota how to plan, design, install, and maintain their own resilient yard. We began in 2007 by talking about a relatively new idea—a little thing called a “raingarden.” Over time, we incorporated what we learned about pollinators and other wildlife, lawn care, trees and shrubs,

Conservation Corps MN & Iowa: a Raingarden Partner

When Metro Blooms is in the field, there’s a good chance that the crew on site are wearing yellow helmets. If so, they are likely a crew from Conservation Corps MN & Iowa, a longtime Metro Blooms partner. This organization has installed more of our raingardens than any other group we work with. In turn,…  Read More

Measuring Runoff on a Permeable City Alley

How well does permeable pavement reduce runoff? Metro Blooms set out to answer this question in a privately-owned alley in Minneapolis’ Standish-Ericsson neighborhood. We compared how much rain flowed down the alley before and after the installation of a permeable pavement system designed to infiltrate stormwater. We’ve recently completed the study and are pleased to…  Read More

A Permeable Alley in a Minneapolis Neighborhood

Lori Fewer is pleased with the new surface on the alley, just installed, behind her house. “It’s beautiful,” she says. The network of interlocking concrete pavers is much more inviting than the former patched, worn surface it replaced. Even better, it is permeable, with arched chambers in the concrete blocks and a porous layer of…  Read More

A Year In Summary – 2016

The end of a year naturally brings about a desire to reflect on what we as an organization have achieved, what’s made us pound our heads on our desks, and what’s inspired our passion to continue the work that we do. What I find myself wondering most is “when will our next batch of Christmas…  Read More

A Year in Summary

As I began thinking about a summary of our year at Metro Blooms, I started thinking about what excites me the most about my job.  At Metro Blooms, we couple field work with a big focus on education and community engagement.  This past year we were able to work on projects with some really amazing…  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

Blooming Alleys Partnership Results

In our first post about the Blooming Alleys Partnership I described the collaborative meeting we had in April, here at Sabathani, with all of our project partners to figure out what successful Blooming Alleys projects will look like and how this partnership enables and contributes to that success.  We spent much of May working on a qualitative…  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

Blue Thumb/Metro Blooms Merger: Frequently Asked Questions

Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb are Merging! The following describes the current understanding of how the Blue Thumb program would be governed and would operate following a merger of the program with Metro Blooms.  The Rice Creek Watershed District and Metro Blooms are working toward achieving a final transfer agreement in late May.  Separately, a…  Read More

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

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