Conservation Notes: Adopt a rain garden

The Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District has installed over 30 new rain gardens in the county in the past two years.  Many of these gardens are located on public or commercial properties, such as libraries and schools.

Staff at these locations is often too busy to keep up on the rain garden maintenance, such as weeding.

To help keep these gardens looking their best, the Chisago SWCD has created the Adopt-A-Rain-Garden Program to match volunteers with rain gardens that need a little extra help.

You don’t have to be an expert gardener to volunteer for the program.  An SWCD staff person will match you with a rain garden that suits your skill level and time commitment based on the answers you give on the application.

On your first volunteer trip, an SWCD staff person will help you learn about the garden you have adopted, including what plants are good and how to identify the weeds.

Your task will mainly be weeding, but may occasionally include cleaning sediment out of the inlet or adding new plants or mulch to the garden.  You will just need to bring your own tools and gloves.

As a thank you for your time and energy, you will be recognized on a sign at the rain garden.  Your name or group will be identified as the “Rain Garden Adoptee” for that garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, or to learn more about the program, please visit and click on the “Rain Garden” link on the left hand side.  Scroll down to find links about the Adopt-A-Rain-Garden program.

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