Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Heads Up for Gardeners and Water-loving Friends

Looking for a close-at-hand place to buy native plants for your yard and rain garden?

The Landscape Revival — Native Plant Expo and Market on Saturday, June 6, offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 12 local native growers and learn how to use the plants from eight conservation organizations. Accessory products such as organic compost, rain barrels and native plant seed will also be for sale.

The goal of the Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating the community about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Audubon, Capitol Region Watershed District, Wild Ones, Blue Thumb and Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District.

The event is located at the Community Pavilion at the Roseville Cub Foods (formerly Rainbow),1201 Larpenteur Ave. West in Roseville from 9 am-3 pm. Cash and check only.

Many of us don’t think about choosing plants that are native to Minnesota when we plan our gardens. Instead, we pick plants for their color, their hardiness or how quickly they grow. But by choosing Minnesota native plants, plant species that have grown in this area for hundreds of years and are thus well adapted to our conditions, we can create spectacular gardens that are a haven for wildlife and protect our lakes and the Mississippi River.

Visit the St Paul Audubon website for a list of vendors and more details.

Want to help your faith community get more involved in water-friendly activities?

The East Metro Water Resource Education Program (EMWREP) is pleased to announce the publication of a Green Congregations Clean Water Resource webpage. It has many links to resources,  seasonal maintenance tips, activities, case studies and examples from other congregations and much more! The Watershed District is a large sponsor of EMWREP and has access to many of their tools and their staff time to help us with our education program. Thanks EMWREP!

Toolkit for Congregations

The East Metro Water Resource Education Program (EMWREP) has put together a fantastic toolkit with background information, tips for protecting water, activities, volunteer opportunities and a list of educational displays, brochures and resources that you can access for your congregation. Please share it! Here’s a link for downloading the Toolkit for Congregations.

Lakeview Lutheran received a Legacy Grant from the Watershed District for three large rain gardens.

Cost-Share Funds and Legacy Grants for Faith Communities

Contact the Watershed District’s Best Management Practices Incentive Program Coordinator if you'd like to connect your faith community with resources to install rain gardens or other BMPs (best management practices) on your grounds. Keep those large parking lots from polluting lakes, wetlands and creeks downstream.

We are currently seeking faith communities in our Watershed District for both small-scale and large-scale projects. Contact Paige Ahlborg at 612-792-7964, by E-MAIL or visit the Watershed's webpage to find out more about Commercial, Institutional and Government Projects.

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