The way we manage our yards and gardens can have a significant effect on our environment. You can have a beautiful, healthy yard that is also environmentally friendly.
Minnesota is home to a variety of native plants that provide a low maintenance and beautiful landscape while eliminating the need for fertilizers and excessive water use in your garden. Check out these local resources for more information and ideas on planting your native garden:
- Blue Thumb: an educational resource for planting a native garden, rain garden, or for shoreline stabilization.
- Landscaping with Native Plants: published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
- Master Gardeners in Washington County: provides resources for answering all types of gardening questions, including the best native plants for your garden.
- Minnesota Pollinator Resources: Information, gardening resources, and plant lists for attracting pollinators.
- Minnesota State Horticulture Society: provides information on garden clubs in the area with monthly speakers and plant sales.
- Purchase Compost Bin or Rain Barrel: rain barrels offer a resourceful way to keep rainwater on your property that may be later used to water your gardens while reducing your water bill.
- Wild Ones: focuses on native plants with monthly speakers and field trips
Information on grants or cost-share programs for rain gardens available to Washington County residents can be found on the following watershed websites:
- Ramsey Washington Metro District
- South Washington County Watershed District
- Valley Branch Watershed District
Native Plant Vendors
Please note: this list is for informational purposes only. The city does not endorse any native plant vendor over another.