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Realize Raingardens Rochester
Realize Raingardens Rochester

During summer 2009, the City of Rochester launched Realize Raingardens Rochester, a cost share grant program to promote the installation of raingardens in Rochester.  This program was co-developed by a task force of interested citizens, landscape professionals, and City Public Works staff so that selected sites can be used to demonstrate how raingardens slow, treat, and infiltrate storm water, while adding beauty to neighborhoods and creating habitat for song birds and butterflies.

New in 2014, the Realize Raingardens Rochester program will expand to provide cost-share grants for both Rochester residents and non-porfit organizations located within the city limits of Rochester. Residential applications must propose projects located within Rochester's city limits on a residential parcel owned by a Rochester citizen. Community applications must be submitted by a non-profit organization for a proposed location within Rochester's city limits that has an ability to reach large audiences. Cost-share grant awards will be for 50% of verifiable costs, up to a maxium of $750 per project. Eligible expenses include the cost for design, plants, mulch, soil amendments, related materials, and labor. More details of the grant award and requirements can be found within the grant application packets.

RRR 2014:  It's never to early to begin planning! 2014 grants will be accepted January 1-May 1. Click the links below for application packets.
2014 Residential Realize Raingardens Rochester Application & Supplemental Documents
2014 Community Realize Raingardens Rochester Application & Supplemental Documents

RRR 2013 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners:
Savage Raingarden: 2049 50th Street NW
Spencer Raingarden: 1914 Viola Heights Lane NE
Community Cost-Share Grant Award Winner - John Adams Middle School: 1525 31st Street NW
RRR 2012 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners:
Herman Raingarden: 2600 Boulder Ridge Drive NW

RRR 2011 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners:
Attleson Raingarden: 429 19th Ave. SW
Blocksome Raingarden: 6304 Shetland Dr. NW
Solem Raingarden: 5720 23rd Ave. NW
Tarashanti Raingarden: 930 17th St. SE
Walker Raingarden: 1734 22nd Ave. NE
Wojcik Raingarden: 984 Fox Knoll Dr. SW

RRR 2010 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners: 
Anderson Raingarden: 16 7th Avenue NE
D'Ambrosio Raingarden: 801 6th Avenue SW
Gathje Raingarden: 1704 8th Avenue SE
LeQuia Raingarden: 54 Viking Village Drive NW
Petersen Raingarden: 621 3rd Street NW
Swanson Raingarden: 2421 18th Avenue NW
Tarnow Raingarden: 2114 Glenview Lane NE

RRR 2009 Cost-Share Grant Award Winners: 
MacIlraith Raingarden: 2915 15th Avenue NW
Sehl Raingarden: 1865 21st Avenue NW
Sixta Raingarden: 425 15th Avenue SW
Storino Raingarden: 1005 23rd Avenue SW

Click on the links below for information on the following raingarden topics:

Raingardens Around Rochester
Slide show featuring 2010 Realize Raingardens Rochester winners.
Slide show featuring 2009 Realize Raingardens Rochester winners.

Raingarden Installation Videos!   #1   and   #2

What is a Raingarden?

Building a Raingarden

Cost-Share Grants

Host a Raingarden Party

Register Your Raingarden

History of Realize Raingardens Rochester

Need assistance with maintaining your yard?  Check out Blue Thumb's Year-Round Guide to Yard Care filled with tips and arranged in a convenient seasonal format, it will help you decide what to plant and when to fertilize; it will help you restore ailing plants and enrich your soil.  Many of the steps outlined in the guide will save you both time and money, making it even easier to enjoy your lawn or garden.

Want to know the Secret to Leisurely Landscaping?  Its easy: go native!
Hundreds of years ago, Minnesota was covered in native plants - grasses, foliage, and trees indigenous to our region.  Native plants differ from non-natives because of their complex relationships with other organisms, acting as critical components in maintaining nature's delicate balance.  Other great things about natives include their ability to handle MN's extreme weather, their lack of need for fertilizer and even additional water once established, and their attractiveness.

Click here for a presentation containing photos and information on Rochester's native gardens.

NEW! View the September 19,2011 Native Plant Workshop presentation here.