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 program really took off this year as over 220 elementary students were educated on landforms, water infiltration and raingarden site selection and design. Some students even got to plant their own garden!
This summer you supported our garden party at Gleason Lake and this past fall Metro Blooms hosted our first stand-alone Garden Awards event at the Colombia Manor in Minneapolis which was attended by over 200 Metro Blooms supporters. Finally, in December, we all got to celebrate the year at the Rock for Raingardens fundraiser at the Fine Line Cafe.
So what has Metro Blooms really accomplished this year? Well, a lot! To date we have installed more than 300 raingardens, educated more than 6,000 homeowners, hundreds of which went on to plant their own raingardens, and helped remove Powderhorn Lake from the list of “impaired” Minnesota lakes. You can check out our projects page on our website to learn about more of our work and our Facebook page for pictures of our events. Thank you for all of your support in 2012, we hope we’ve made you proud! We have some very exciting projects lined up for 2013 and we look forward to sharing them with you!