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City Invites Residents to Develop Their 'Blue Thumb'

Burnsville will be holding two free workshops for anyone who wishes to learn about how to build a rain garden out of native Minnesota plant life, and as an added bonus, participants could be in the running for grant money.

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Got an interest in living green? Better develop a "blue thumb."

The city of Burnsville is sponsoring two free workshops for residents who wasn to learn how to create and maintain beautiful gardens that naturally filter and clean rainwater as it seeps down into Burnsville’s waterways. The “Blue Thumb” workshops will tkae place on March 4 and April 9, from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway.

Experts from the Dakota County Soil and Watershed Conversation District will be on hand to teach all “Planting for Clean Water” workshops. As part of the workshop, they will showcase dozens of successful local native gardens and rain gardens. These gardens "transform bland urban landscapes into beautiful retreats that benefit local water quality," city officials write.  

Some participants may also be eligible for a $250 Blue Thumb grant through Dakota County to install their new gardens. The City of Burnsville also offers grants of up to $1,000.

To register, go to www.dakotacountyswcd.org/bluethumb.html or call 651-480-7777.

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