Native Plants, Raingardens and Lawn Care for Water Quality

Submitted by srich on Sat, Dec 19 - 2:11 PM

Please note: Pre-registration and a $10 fee is required, see below. This same workshop will also be held Tuesday, April 20, 6:30-8 pm.

Home lawn and garden practices significantly impact the health of the Mississippi River. In this brief but informative FMR workshop, learn how you can become part of the solution, and perhaps even reduce your water bills as you improve the health of our watershed and ecosystem.

This workshop takes a how-to approach, suggests local resources and quickly covers the most relevant information so you can begin taking steps to protect water quality. We will discuss:
• landscaping with native plant species,
• the proper use of lawn fertilizer,
• rain barrels,
• backyard composting,
• soil testing,
• creating a rain garden, and
• more innovative approaches to managing stormwater.

To register
This presentation is being given by Friends of the Mississippi River through St. Paul Public Schools Community Education.
-- There is a $10 registration fee and pre-registration (and pre-payment) is required, and early registration is highly encouraged as capacity is limited.
-- Online registration and payment is easy and begins Dec. 31, 2009 through the community education class listing.
-- Phone registration is also available at 651-293-8874, weekdays 9 am-3 pm. You will need your credit card and the course number: 6720-S10HB.

Please note that registration is not being taken by FMR, and Community Ed does NOT send confirmation or reminder materials.

If you have questions about registration, Community Education can be reached after January 9, 9 am-3pm at 651-293-8874.
If you have questions about the workshop itself, instructor and FMR River Stewardship Coordinator Karen Solas can be reached at ksolas[at]

More events
If you are unable to attend this workshop, an identical one is being offered Tuesday, March 16, 6:30-8 pm.
Additional workshops and related tours will be offered throughout the year and will be posted on the FMR events calendar as soon as they are set.
You can also receive email updates by signing up for Mississippi Messages, FMR's e-newsletter. It comes twice a month, the one at the beginning of the month lists upcoming event offerings while the mid-month edition includes river- and FMR-related news as well as event notices and resources.