Blue Thumb Resilient Yards workshop is coming to Rochester next week
ROCHESTER — A free workshop for Rochester residents aims to produce healthier courses.
The city is partnering with Blue Thumb to host a Resilient Yards workshop on rain gardens, native plantings and creating habitat for pollinators.
The workshop is structured in two parts: first a self-paced online course, followed by a live virtual session with a landscaper.
The landscaping portion is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on September 20.
The workshop is listed with a cost of $15, but Rochester-area residents can attend for free using the coderochester22. Register by visiting bluethumb.org/events.
Once registered, participants will be asked to prepare for a one-on-one session by watching online modules that cover resilience, site assessment, rain gardens, native planting, designing with trees and shrubs, planting for pollinators, alternatives to grass and other topics. to help you create a healthier yard.
During the live webinar, a landscaping expert will follow up on the module material through one-on-one sessions.
Attendees will also learn how they can fund garden projects through Rochester Garden Grants and individual Lawns to Vegetables grants.
The Rochester Garden Grants program is accepting applications from October 1 through December 31, 2022 for garden facilities during the 2023 growing season. The Rochester Grants Program offers a $1,000 refund for awarded projects.
Rochester residents can also receive more support, up to $350, through the state’s Lawns to Vegetables program, which is accepting applications until January 18, 2023. Lawns to Vegetables invites Minnesotans to convert residential yards into pollinator habitat and provides resources to help residents do this includes financial support, coaching and education on pollinator habitat.