Native Gardens Raingardens Shoreline Stabilization


If you want to do your part to protect water right in your own yard, the Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water program can help. We aim to make it easy for residents to plan, purchase and plant beautiful native gardens, raingardens and shorelines. These cost-effective plantings require little watering and minimal care after established. They also invite birds and butterflies to your yard.

Please Pledge To Plant

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss--The Lorax Thanks for making your pledge!

Learn More About Blue Thumb Projects, Events & Resources

The Award-Winning Blue Thumb Program

was the first stop on the Cousteau "Blue Legacy Tour" sponsored by National Geographic!

Blue Thumb Transferred from Rice Creek Watershed District to Metro Blooms

On June 10, 2015, the RCWD Board of Managers approved the Blue Thumb transfer agreement to Metro Blooms. The agreement begins with a two-year license period under which Metro Blooms will operate and manage the Blue Thumb program. Find out more

Green Gift Ideas

How about a raingarden book or a gift card to a Blue Thumb nursery, landscape designer, or installer? Find out more


Dawn Pape, Marketing and Partner Engagement Director,
Metro Blooms | P.O. Box 17099 | Minneapolis, MN 55417