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Evolution of a Yard: Conventional Turf to All Native Plants

For Dana Boyle, a Twin Cities metro resident, a Lawns to Legumes grant was part of a yard transformation which had been percolating over several years, and which she writes about below. We visited Dana and asked her some questions about her project. In the following video links, she talks about how she converted her…  Read More

State Fair Exhibit Shift Sign Up

Blue Thumb’s 2021 State Fair Exhibit again features the Lawns to Legumes program, as a state-wide opportunity for every Minnesotan to learn about and install native plants in their yard. We welcome Blue Thumb partners, Minnesota Water Stewards, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and native-plant enthusiasts as volunteers. All exhibit volunteers will receive a state fair…

Pursuing the Cosmos with Youth and Owls

The following essay is a personal reflection by environmental educator Nick Voss. Voss is the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization Photo of Fort Snelling State Park. This is a story of a day camp at Fort Snelling State Park, but it’s also a story of the cosmos, and of…  Read More

Landscape Revival Exhibitors

Minnesota Dragonfly Society Ensuring the conservation of Minnesota’s dragonflies and damselflies through research and education.  

Reddy Rents Hiawatha

Your locally owned and operated equipment rental resource. Reddy Rents specializes in rental equipment for construction, landscaping, and building maintenance as well as trucks, trailers, and cars. We strive to deliver exceptional customer service and meet our customer’s needs with top quality, well-maintained equipment, and vehicles. Our customers have been both homeowners and contractors in…  Read More

Mobilizing Minnesotans to Protect Pollinators

In 2020 many Minnesotans enthusiastically rose to the challenge of protecting pollinators in their yards through Lawns to Legumes, a state Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) program to empower people towards a more sustainable and pollinator-friendly Minnesota. Blue Thumb was selected to help put the program into action. A major goal of  L2L…  Read More

Become a Blue Thumb Partner

How Blue Thumb Partnership Works Blue Thumb is a resource hub for creating resilient landscapes. Our network — Blue Thumb Partners — connects those who work in this field with each other and with customers who want to make positive change in their yard. Property owners come to us for expertise. On our website you’ll…

Lawns to Legumes

Lawns to Legumes, a Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) program, provides individual cost-share grant funding and other resources to help Minnesota residents establish pollinator habitat in their yards. Blue Thumb coordinates the individual cost-share part of the program, supporting grant recipients to put in pocket plantings, trees and shrubs, and pollinator lawns…