Metro Blooms is installing raingardens in a neighborhood near you. In partnership with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota (CCM), neighborhood, and local government organizations we have built more than 500 raingardens and other stormwater best management practices throughout 23 neighborhoods in the metro area as part of our community engagement programs.
Neighborhood of Raingardens
Neighborhood of Raingardens began in 2009 and focuses on large-scale community participation in the installation of raingardens to create awareness of raingardens and the landscape choices every property owner can make in their yard to protect our clean water.
Typically, these projects are a cost share between a neighborhood organization and property owners. Participants attend a Raingarden Workshop, Metro Blooms completes a site consultation and raingarden design, and then we work with the Conservation Corps to excavate, haul away soil, and mulch the gardens. We order the plants from one of our nursery partners and participants plant their own garden according to their design. Through this unique process, citizens play a vital role in protecting water quality, creating habitat, beautifying their neighborhood, and building a stronger community.
Metro Blooms is working with neighbors along alleyways to create pedestrian-friendly community spaces that provide habitat and protect water quality. Alleyways are often unattractive and carry thousands of gallons of water, and the pollution it picks up, to storm drains every year.
We’re currently working in the Nokomis, Diamond Lake, Lynnhurst, Cleveland and Harrison Neighborhoods of Minneapolis on Blooming Alley projects. If you would like more information on Blooming Alleys, please visit our Blooming Alleys Page.
Start a Project
If you are interested in joining an ongoing project or starting a Neighborhood of Raingardens, Blooming Alley, or other neighborhood engagement projects, please contact us using the form below.