Today I watched a team of volunteers plant a pollinator garden following their planting of an accompanying rain garden. The garden was the vision of the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club and had their financial support but additional funding was needed to complete the project. With the help of a grant from the Shoreview Foundation the project was set in motion.

Enter Ramsey County with design expertise, the Rice Creek Watershed District with design and location ideas and the City of Shoreview with pollinator and rain garden native plant recommendations. Once the design and location were determined, volunteers from both the Rotary and the Shoreview Garden Club did the planting and completed the project. An idea germinated into reality today and the results are both beautiful and environmentally beneficial.