The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens - book and website

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Guide
Book/Magazine
Abstract: 

The book The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens - Design and Installation for Homeowners in the Upper Midwest is a valuable raingarden reference guide for homeowners and professional designers. Thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated, the book is approachable for beginners, yet contains detailed information for landscape professionals. It contains easy-to-follow instructions on:

  • How to locate, size, and design raingardens
  • Preparing the soil and garden bed
  • Selecting and installing plants
  • Care and maintenance
  • Example garden plans for almost any setting
  • Water depth tolerances for over 100 plants.
  • The plants profiled in the book are from Zones 3, 4, and 5 in the Midwest.

    In addition, the Blue Thumb's Create a Raingarden webpage (http://www.bluethumb.org/raingardens/) is chalked full of resources for raingardens. Resources include:

  • Virtual Tours of Raingardens
  • Multiple How-to Videos to Design My Own Raingarden
  • Tools to Design My Own Raingarden
  • - Enter your sun exposure, bloom time and color in the Plant Selector to customize your plant list
    - Project Cost Calculator
    - Rain Gardens A how-to manual for homeowners from the UW-Extension Service
    - Native Plant Brochure (pdf)
    - MPCA Plants for Stormwater Design
    - DNR Landscaping with Native Plants

    Blue Thumb is an educational program of the Rice Creek Watershed District.

    For more information on the book or web resources visit http://www.bluethumb.org/raingardens

    Author: 
    Rice Creek Watershed District
    Topic Areas: 
    Water
    Garden/Lawn
    Landscape
    Target Audience: 
    All
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Fee: 
    Yes
    Cost: 
    check current pricing for book
    Library loan: 
    No
    Is training required?: 
    No
    Seasonal: 
    No
    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Rice Creek Watershed District
    4325 Pheasant Ridge Dr NE # 611
    Blaine, MN 55449
    763-398-3070
    763-398-3088 (fax)
    http://ricecreek.org

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