These organizations and websites are great resources for learning more about native plants, rain gardens, or restoration projects.


Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water – A Minnesota-based non-profit that hosts workshops to promote rain gardens and native landscapes as ways to improve water quality.

Metro Blooms – A Twin Cities non-profit that promotes urban gardening and community planting projects in Minnesota.



ALHS Botanical Illustration and Garden Project – A collaborative project between Blazing Star Gardens and Albert Lea High School art department. Students learned about botanical illustration and garden design, culminating in a native garden installation on school grounds.

Other Resources:

Minnesota Wildflowers – A field guide to the flora of Minnesota – An online wildflower guidebook of nearly all the flowers, grasses, and sedges native to Minnesota. Great resource for identifying wildflowers and grasses based on bloom time or color.