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Events for Blue Thumb

March 2024

Thursday March 14

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Turf Alternatives: City of St. Louis Park

Blue Thumb’s Turf Alternatives Workshop is your “how-to” guide on transforming your yard into a pollinator’s paradise!
Learn about the steps to converting a traditional turfgrass monoculture lawn into a beautiful, flowering bee lawn. The workshop will also cover other turf alternatives that promote pollinator health, water quality, and natural resource conservation. The live presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
Participants will also receive access to online resources that will assist them in their project, including a series of video presentations, downloadables, and more. We recommend first skimming through our Pollinator Lawn / Alternative Turf course in our Resilient Yards Online Learning Series and then attending this live Zoom workshop to get all your questions answered!
Bob Dahm (Organic Bob) with Organic Lawns By Lunseth will be the expert presenter for this workshop.
Hosted by the City of St. Louis Park.

Tuesday March 19

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Resilient Shorelines Workshop: City of Plymouth

This in-person workshop covers fundamentals that shoreline property owners need for protecting water quality near their home. Participants will first enjoy a 90 minute presentation given by Metro Blooms Design + Build Staff, and then will have the opportunity to ask site specific questions and get expert advice. This workshop covers topics such as: shoreline site assessments, types of shoreline projects, plant selection tips, regulatory reminders, and access to resources that will help with a shoreline project!
This workshop is hosted by the city of Plymouth.
Plymouth residents are eligible to attend this workshop for free. Simply check off the box below to indicate that you are a community member of Plymouth, and your registration fee will be waved.

Tuesday March 26

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Turf Alternatives Workshop: RCWD

Blue Thumb’s Turf Alternatives Workshop is your “how-to” guide on transforming your yard into a pollinator’s paradise!
Learn about the steps to converting a traditional turfgrass monoculture lawn into a beautiful, flowering bee lawn. The workshop will also cover other turf alternatives that promote pollinator health, water quality, and natural resource conservation. The live presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
Participants will also receive access to online resources that will assist them in their project, including a series of video presentations, downloadables, and more. We recommend first skimming through our Pollinator Lawn / Alternative Turf course in our Resilient Yards Online Learning Series and then attending this live Zoom workshop to get all your questions answered!
Bob Dahm (Organic Bob) with Organic Lawns By Lunseth will be the expert presenter for this workshop.
This workshop is hosted by Rice Creek Watershed District.

April 2024

Tuesday April 2

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Resilient Yards: City of Minneapolis

Gain resources and guidance for creating beautiful habitat for pollinators, protecting clean water, and restoring the ecology of your yard! In this workshop, participants will learn do-it-yourself skills for assessing your yard and creating a project plan. Also learn about ways to redirect runoff, select and place native trees and shrubs, design a native garden, incorporate turf alternatives, and more!
At this workshop, participants meet one-on-one and in small groups with experts to get feedback on their project plans and learn about local resources for getting their projects in the ground.
To provide attendees with as much project assistance as possible, this workshop is split into two parts: 1) a self-paced Resilient Yards online course, which you will find in our Resilient Yards Online Learning Series, and 2) a live Zoom session with one-on-one time with Landscape Designers where you can get feedback on your yard and planting project. The Resilient Yards online course was created so you can go through all the foundational educational content on your own in preparation for your Zoom workshop session.
This workshop is hosted by the City of Minneapolis.

Tuesday April 9

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Resilient Shorelines: RCWD + VLAWMO

This workshop covers fundamentals that shoreline property owners need for protecting water quality near their home. Participants will first enjoy a 90 minute presentation given by Metro Blooms Design + Build staff, and then will have the opportunity to ask site specific questions and get expert advice. This workshop covers topics such as: shoreline site assessments, types of shoreline projects, plant selection tips, regulatory reminders, and more! Participants also receiveresources that will guide them through the planning stages of their own shoreline project!
This workshop is hosted by Rice Creek Watershed District and Vadnais Lake Area Watershed Management Organization.

Thursday April 11

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Resilient Yards: City of St. Louis Park

Gain resources and guidance for creating beautiful habitat for pollinators, protecting clean water, and restoring the ecology of your yard! Participants will learn do-it-yourself skills for assessing your yard and creating a project plan. Also learn about ways to redirect runoff, select and place native trees and shrubs, design a native garden, incorporate turf alternatives, and more!
During this workshop, participants meet in small groups with experts to get feedback on their project plans and learn about local resources for getting their projects in the ground.
To provide attendees with as much project assistance as possible, this workshop is split into two parts: 1) a self-paced Resilient Yards online course, which you will find in our Resilient Yards Online Learning Series, and 2) an in-person session where you can get feedback on your yard and planting project from Landscape Designers and Master Gardeners. The Resilient Yards online course was created so you can go through all the foundational educational content on your own in preparation for your live workshop session (located at St. Louis Park City Hall).
This workshop is hosted by the City of St. Louis Park.

Thursday April 18

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Resilient Yards: City of Minnetonka

Gain resources and guidance for creating beautiful habitat for pollinators, protecting clean water, and restoring the ecology of your yard! Participants will learn do-it-yourself skills for assessing your yard and creating a project plan. Also learn about ways to redirect runoff, select and place native trees and shrubs, design a native garden, incorporate turf alternatives, and more!
During this virtual workshop, participants meet in small groups with landscape designers and master gardeners to get feedback on their project plans and learn about local resources for getting their projects in the ground.
To provide attendees with as much project assistance as possible, this workshop is split into two parts: 1) a self-paced Resilient Yards online course, which you will find in our Resilient Yards Online Learning Series, and 2) a live Zoom session with one-on-one time with Landscape Designers where you can get feedback on your yard and planting project. The Resilient Yards online course was created so you can go through all the foundational educational content on your own in preparation for your Zoom workshop session.
This workshop is hosted by the city of Minnetonka.

Tuesday April 23

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Resilient Yards: City of Minneapolis

Gain resources and guidance for creating beautiful habitat for pollinators, protecting clean water, and restoring the ecology of your yard! Participants will learn do-it-yourself skills for assessing your yard and creating a project plan. Also learn about ways to redirect runoff, select and place native trees and shrubs, design a native garden, incorporate turf alternatives, and more!
During this workshop, participants meet in small groups with landscape designers and Master Gardeners to get feedback on their project plans and learn about local resources for getting their projects in the ground.
To provide attendees with as much project assistance as possible, this workshop is split into two parts: 1) a self-paced Resilient Yards online course, which you will find in our Resilient Yards Online Learning Series, and 2) a live Zoom session with one-on-one time with Landscape Designers where you can get feedback on your yard and planting project. The Resilient Yards online course was created so you can go through all the foundational educational content on your own in preparation for your Zoom workshop session.
This workshop is hosted by the City of Minneapolis.

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