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Posted on: February 19, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Water Smart Landscaping

Rain Garden for Your Yard
Choose one of three introductory classes to start planning a rain garden and understand their purpose to improve water quality. You’ll get information about design options and assistance, how to arrange a free site visit, and how to apply for grants through your local watershed district.

Tuesday, March 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Introduction/Design Combination Class
Washington Conservation District Office, 455 Hayward Ave. N, Oakdale
Register by February 28

Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street N, Shoreview
Register by February 28

Tuesday, March 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Introduction/Design Combination Class
Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Rd, Woodbury
Register by March 7

Rain Garden Site Assessment - Drainage and Soils
Join a Ramsey Conservation District landscape designer at a private home in Roseville to learn how to analyze your site, test for soil infiltration and determine your drainage area.

Thursday, May 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
947 Transit Ave, Roseville
Register by May 5

Rain Garden Design Workshop - Garden Layout and Plant Design Prerequisite: Site Assessment Class
Join landscape designer Joe Lochner for an overview of rain garden design principles. Bring your site base map and results of your infiltration test to use to design your own rain garden. Lochner and Master Gardeners will help you find ways to solve drainage issues and provide individual design assistance.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 East 7th St, Maplewood
Register by May 16

Contact Shelly Melser at 651-792-7965 or to register for any of the classes listed above.

Rain Garden Rescue!
Has your rain garden been overrun by weeds? Does it need a few new plants or a complete overhaul? Get tips on how to rescue your rain garden and make it the garden of your dreams. See slides of the new plants and designs Maplewood is using. We’ll have time to answer questions and help you figure out where to start.

Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St, Maplewood
Register by April 3

"Divide & Conquer" in Your Rain Garden
It's spring clean-up time for rain gardens. Learn how to cut back old vegetation, divide and transplant perennials and prevent erosion at the inlet. We'll cover strategies for dealing with aggressive plants. Meet in the neighborhood for an outdoor demonstration. Dress for the weather!

Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location to be determined
Register by May 11

Classes are free, but registration is required. Register at 651-249-2170 or Get additional information about classes at

Classes are sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Blue Thumb, the cities of Maplewood and Shoreview, East Metro Water Resource Education Program and the Washington Conservation District.

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