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.

Blue Thumb Update

The Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) has been working with partners and with Metro Blooms toward a transfer of the Blue Thumb-Planting for Clean Water® program that will allow it to be effective and sustainable into the future while remaining a member-supported program with a strong public and private partnership. We are working toward drafting a final transfer agreement for consideration by the RCWD Board of Managers at the May 27, 2015 meeting.

Learn More About Blue Thumb Projects, Events & Resources

The Award-Winning Blue Thumb Program

was the first stop on the Cousteau "Blue Legacy Tour" sponsored by National Geographic!

Green Gift Ideas

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


Jessica Bromelkamp,
4325 Pheasant Ridge Drive NE #611 | Blaine, MN 55449-4539 | P: (763) 398-3070