We offer a suite of workshops through our Blue Thumb program that promote actions that home gardeners can easily take to make their yards more resilient and help the environment. In June 2019 we welcomed our 10,000th workshop participant! Every year we add new material. Workshops cover resilient yards, bee lawns and planting for pollinators.
Resilient Yards provides a framework for understanding and creating resilience, covering site planning, raingardens, turf alternatives, trees, other plantings, pollinator habitat, and more.
Bee Lawns is a “how-to” guide on converting a traditional turfgrass lawn into a beautiful, flowering bee lawn that promotes pollinator health, water quality and natural resource conservation. The workshop provides step-by-step instructions.
Planting for Pollinators Workshop offers planting practices that benefit pollinators and the environment, including information on the status of pollinators in Minnesota and how you can help them by installing pocket plantings, trees and shrubs, bee lawns, pollinator meadows, and more. The content is based on the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ Lawns to Legumes program supporting residents to create more pollinator-friendly landscapes.