Beautiful gardens do beautiful things!
The Introduction to Clean Water class focuses on general water quality practices of raingardens, native gardens, and shoreline stabilization. You will need to take this course to be eligible for the design course.
Feb. 22 | 6 p.m. | Virtual
March 13 | 6 p.m. | Virtual
April 2 | 6 p.m. | Inver Grove Heights
The Landscaping for Clean Water Design Course helps residents create and install landscaping projects that are unique to your yard. Learn about garden planning, site design, plant selection, raingarden installation, or adding native plants to the landscape. Prerequisite: Intro class
Native plants historically grew in this area and are adapted to the local climate and soil types. They are part of the local natural community and provide resources for wildlife. Their deep roots prevent soil erosion, improve soil health, help soil hold more water and filter pollution. Native plants will not take over natural places like woods and prairies, unlike non-native plants such as European Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.
In the home garden, native plants provide the same environmental benefits, in addition to needing very little care once they establish. They can be found an many local nurseries, and even at the annual City of Burnsville Native Plant Market.
Natural areas have many environmental benefits, but did you know your yard can make a difference too?
Projects that benefit pollinators, water quality and wildlife include:
Visit our resource page to find a project that is right for you, and learn about City ordinances related to certain projects.