Bendu Kollie wants to learn as much as she can about the plants growing in her church’s raingarden. Her church community, All Nations Seventh-Day Adventist Church, planted it in August with the help of Metro Blooms in a landscape renovation to manage stormwater and help pollinators. She hopes it plants seeds of stewardship among the younger people in her congregation.
“I’m learning to appreciate native plants, like plants that attract bees and what the bees do for the earth,” said Bendu, a 20-year church member, “and that’s the knowledge I’m trying to pass down to the kids, to let them know how important these things are to our environment.”
This project is part of a Metro Blooms program that helps small businesses and institutions create resilience in their landscape with sustainable practices like raingardens, native plantings and creating habitat for pollinators.
The church owns its own building in North Minneapolis, and has slowly been working to make improvements both inside and out. Bendu describes the congregation as “a beautiful mix of people coming together” from different countries. She immigrated from Liberia more than 20 years ago, and says that many church members, particularly parents like herself, have had the shared experience of culture shock as they and their children have adjusted to life here as immigrants.