The format for the training will mirror Metro Blooms new Blue Thumb: Resilient Yards Workshop plus it will include a review of workshops logistics and the role of volunteers at the workshops.
We will definitely be talking about raingardens – their benefits and basics of installation. It is our favorite mitigation strategy.
The first hour of the workshop will focus on the impact of changing weather patterns on expected rainfall and adaptation strategies to minimize the impact on our clean water.
Following this presentation participants will break into two tracts to plan adaptation strategies for the yard:
Establishment of Alternative Turf and
Creating a Stormwater Management Plan
The stormwater management plan will whenever appropriate include the siting and sizing of a raingarden, and we’ll need Master Gardeners on hand to discuss plant selection. The different focus is that we will not just be helping them plan for a raingarden. We’ll look at where water is running off the whole yard and the different approaches we would recommend for the situation, such as native planting in strip between garage and alley, rain barrels, and siting and selection of trees and shrubs for shade and stormwater capture, etc. We’ll need Master Water Stewards and Blue Thumb Partners on hand to help property owners with this section.
This training session is free and is offered to all Master Gardeners, Master Water Stewards and Blue Thumb Partners. We ask that you will take a volunteer shift at one of our 2017 workshops. Shifts at these workshops will fulfill Master Water Stewards and Blue Thumb Partners service hours.
Location: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Terrace Room).