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Finest on Earth Partner Recognition Event

If you were not one of the 50+ friends gathered at our second annual partner celebration at Lake Monster Brewing last November, be sure to get it on your calendar for this fall.  It was a wonderful evening of networking and conversations as we honored a few who have made special contributions this past year.…  Read More

Become a Blue Thumb Partner

Blue Thumb is a public/private partnership of public institutions (cities, watershed and conservation districts, etc.), non-profit organizations, and private companies (nurseries, landscape designers and contractors, etc.) all sharing the same goal: planting for clean water. This includes helping people install turf alternatives, native plants, raingardens and shoreline stabilization projects to reduce runoff, improve water quality

Wyoming, MN: Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water workshop

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn how to transform your yard with native gardens, raingardens, shoreline plantings, and turf alternatives that add beauty, provide habitat, and help to protect lakes, streams and wetlands. During the workshop, our landscaping experts will share photos from local projects to inspire your creativity, and will help you practice sketching a landscape plan for your…  Read More

Wyoming, MN: Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water workshop

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn how to transform your yard with native gardens, raingardens, shoreline plantings, and turf alternatives that add beauty, provide habitat, and help to protect lakes, streams and wetlands. During the workshop, our landscaping experts will share photos from local projects to inspire your creativity, and will help you practice sketching a landscape plan for your…  Read More

Perennial Ground Cover

What is Perennial Ground Cover? A diverse matrix of native grasses and forbs, perennial ground cover can be adapted to almost any growing condition. It can be low-growing if desired. Why should I plant Perennial Ground Cover? Converting lawn into perennial ground cover offers the maximum ecological impact. In theory, you could turn your yard

Contractor Training Workshop – Raingardens & Other Stormwater Best Management Practices

March 17, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Meet city stormwater requirements while creating beautiful, practical landscape projects for clients. This workshop is for landscape designers, installers and contractors. It will cover: benefits of raingardens, site assessment, runoff estimates and flow paths, shooting grades, cell design options, estimates of soils balance, infiltration testing, design and site hydrology, excavation, decompaction, shaping the cell and…  Read More

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Planting For Clean Water… and Pollinators! Support our new state bee, convert your Lawns to Legumes Blue Thumb is proud to partner with Minnesota’s Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to promote and implement the new Lawns to Legumes program, aiming to help residents convert at least part of their lawn to flowering plants

Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Plant Sale

May 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until sold out. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City began the Annual Pre-Mother’s Day Plant Sale in 2010 and it has “grown” every year. If you have attended one of the sales in the past, you know that we have built a solid reputation for offering great plants…  Read More

Rural Landscaping Workshop – Carpenter Nature Center

May 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ideas and how-tos for:
· Small landscaping projects: incorporating gardens, natural areas, and spaces for play;
· Gardening with kids: vegetables, fairy gardens, butterfly gardens.
· Managing drainage and erosion issues using raingardens, swales, dry creeks while protecting water resources;
· Creating habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife on your property;
· Managing invasive species such as buckthorn
· Managing your woods
· Hobby Farming