East Side St. Paul’s Garden Tour: Demonstrating water-friendly gardens

Ramsey: The Washington Metro Basin District and the South East Community Organization are hosting a garden visit on Saturday. They provide information on watering suitable gardens, native plants and receiving grants from the basin.

The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul on Fremont Ave. From there, participants can take a 10-mile bike tour to visit other stations on the east side or take a self-guided tour, which ends at Conway Entertainment Center. Stops include Battle Creek, McKnight Infiltration Basin and various rainforests in the area.

Indigenous gardens and rainforests help underwater infiltration and drainage, reduce pollution and increase biodiversity.

The host organizations aim to educate community members about the history of water management in the area, show examples of water-friendly gardening, and provide information on how individuals can start their projects.

Event Organizer Bobby Scott is a Minnesota Water Feeder with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Basin District. The tour begins at her home square, clearing the fields, planting local plants, improving water infiltration, and clearing sidewalks.

“That helps drainage. We have a lot of pavement in Ramsey County, so it can’t find a way to get in, so it fills our groundwater supply. “A rain garden collects water from the road and allows some waste to be left out.

Scottish-born garden is home to pollen. She says black-eyed Susanna and all sorts of shining stars are now blooming. She says that in addition to pollen, her home garden has many benefits.

“I have lowered the soil level, so I no longer have water from the sidewalk to the water. In the spring snow, it flows in another way, and I have a lot of pollen, and I have a home, and I don’t have to harvest anymore, that’s really a big benefit. ”

Two other stations along the way The Basin District’s efforts with the Battle Creek subwatershed show how it was able to clean and protect water flowing from Lake Creek to Battle Creek and then to the Mississippi River.

Those interested in water-friendly gardens can apply for funding from the Ramsey-Washington Metro Basin District. The basin will return up to 50 percent for domestic gardening and 75 percent for anything that reduces or eliminates rainwater runoff.

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