Native Gardens Raingardens Shoreline Stabilization


If you want to do your part to protect water right in your own yard, the Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water program can help. We aim to make it easy for residents to plan, purchase and plant beautiful native gardens, raingardens and shorelines. These cost-effective plantings require little watering and minimal care after established. They also invite birds and butterflies to your yard.

Green Gift Ideas

How about a raingarden book or a gift card to a Blue Thumb nursery, landscape designer or installer? Find out more

What is Blue Thumb?

The Blue Thumb outreach program was created by the Rice Creek Watershed District to help meet water quality goals. Now Blue Thumb has over 70 public, private and non-profit partners spanning Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The award-winning Blue Thumb program was featured as the first stop on the Cousteau "Blue Legacy Tour" sponsored by National Geographic.

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