Let's Grow Native!

Upcoming events & opportunities: 

Landscaping for Clean Water Intro and Design Workshops

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

Register for a free intro course

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

Learn more and register for the design course

4-5. Raingarden

Neighborhood Resources Enhancement Grant

This opportunity awards grants of up to $1,000 for projects on private property that enhance water quality. Grant recipients receive a reimbursement after completing their project.

Qualifying projects include but are not limited to shoreline restorations, raingardens, and native gardens/plantings. Qualified applicants are Burnsville residents, neighborhood groups, and businesses/other properties within Burnsville. The grant may not be used retroactively (i.e. for projects already underway or completed). 

Apply by May 1
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Why native plants? 

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.  

Want to see native plants in the City? Explore the many natural areas throughout Burnsville, and visit the Civic Center Prairie, a large-scale turf to prairie conversion (pictured). 

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. 

Civic Center Prairie

Environmentally-friendly landscaping

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: 

  • Planting a native garden 
  • Converting turf to prairie (a.k.a. native planting) 
  • Creating a pollinator lawn
  • Installing a rain garden

Visit our resource page to find a project that is right for you, and learn about City ordinances related to certain projects.

Plant for pollinators

bumble bee on bee balm

Landscape for water quality

Shoreline restoration in progress

Provide habitat for birds

Cedar Waxwing