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Rochester Garden Grants Launched

Post Date:01/31/2020 4:00 PM

The City of Rochester is offering grants for residents and land managers to establish pollinator habitat and water stewardship gardens. The Rochester Garden Grants program is a refresh of the decade long Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Grant.  Stephanie Hatzenbihler, Environmental Education Specialist with Rochester Public Works, said “About 40 rain gardens have been installed in Rochester through the Realize Rain Gardens program in its 10 years.  Recently, there has been momentum through Minnesota’s Lawns to Legumes program to increase pollinator plantings and it was time to refresh our grant program and expand its scope to include landscaping for pollinators.” 

Lawns to Legumes invites Minnesotans to convert residential yards to pollinator habitat and provides resources to help residents do this including financial support, coaching, and pollinator habitat education.  A workshop is scheduled in Rochester on February 24th 6pm at Cascade Meadow to help area residents plan their pollinator plantings and prepare to apply for funding through Lawns to Legumes.

“Rochester residents have an opportunity to access funds through both Lawns to Legumes and the city’s Garden Grants program.  Community organizations and schools that aren’t eligible for Lawns to Legumes can apply for Rochester Garden Grants to do this important work,” said Hatzenbihler. Rochester’s grant program provides grants for up to $1000 for projects that create pollinator habitat, increase the amount of stormwater soaking into the ground, creates awareness of the benefits of native gardens, and encourages others to create gardens for pollinators and clean water using best practices.

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Monday, February 24

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Learning Center

2900 19th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

The workshop is presented by Blue Thumb and sponsored by the City of Rochester and MN Board of Water and Soil Resources.

Metro Blooms, a metro area non-profit organization, works to strengthen communities by promoting environmentally-sound landscaping that beautifies neighborhoods and protects our environment. Metro Blooms coordinates the Blue Thumb partnership – an expanding network of public and private partners working towards planting for clean water.

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