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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Attend a Free Gardening Workshop and Learn More About Gardening Grants

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Now is a great time to begin planning a stunning new garden for your yard. To help you get started, 
Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding Landscaping for Clean Water workshops on native gardens, raingardens, and shoreline stabilization using native plants.  Workshops in Apple Valley are scheduled for February 28 and April 11, and other opportunities are available throughout the County this spring.

Here is what you can expect to learn at the workshop:

  • How native plants can help clean the water moving through your landscape and provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and pollinators
  • Ways to address areas in your yard and garden that you’re not quite sure what to do with
  • How to add variety and interest to your landscape
  • Ways to incorporate low maintenance native plants
  • How to determine the best plants to use in shade or sunny areas
  • Selection of plants best suited for Minnesota’s climate and soils
  • How to determine an appropriate balance of plants for your yard
  • How to make your garden unique
  • The difference between cultivars and native plants and how to combine the two for the best looking results in your garden

This is a terrific opportunity to learn about garden planning from the experts.  Whether you are interested in finding out about site design, plant selection, raingardens, or adding native plants to your landscape, this workshop is the best place to get started. And you don't have to live on water to take advantage of this fantastic program.

Grants may be available for some projects.  You can learn more about the Landscaping for Clean Water program from the Dakota County SWCD.


Register for Gardening Workshops Here...