Friends School of Minnesota is pleased to win a Blooming Saint Paul Award for an outstanding Clean Water garden – sponsored by the Capital Region Watershed District (CRWD). FSM is pleased to be recognized for our “exemplary landscaping project or practice that demonstrates storm water runoff reduction, pollution prevention or water reuse.” FSM business manager Garth Morrisette and science teacher Steve Moe attended the Blooming Saint Paul Awards ceremony and accepted the bronze award on behalf of the school.

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“This award recognizes the school’s commitment to reduce water runoff into the storm system,” says Garth. “The school installed four rain gardens and pervious pavers in our parking lot as part of our grounds renovation project in 2009. Our environmental education committee, the MS advisories, donors and the building and grounds committee all played a role in helping the school invest in the rain gardens and pervious pavers.”

“It’s nice to be recognized for our grounds projects,” said middle school science teacher Steve Moe.

About the Blooming Saint Paul Awards

The Blooming Saint Paul Awards is an collaborative initiative that includes Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, the Saint Paul Garden Club, Ramsey County Master Gardeners, and Public Art Saint Paul. The program also receives sponsorship by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

Recognizing public gardens and artworks across the city, the Blooming Saint Paul Awards showcase the dedication of many residents beautifying their local communities. Any garden located within city limits can be nominated for an award in one of seven categories. Each category recognizes the top three nominations with Golden Bloom, Silver Bloom, and Bronze Bloom awards.

In 2009, middle school students planned and planted rain gardens on the Friends School of Minnesota grounds.
During the 2009-2010 school year, middle school students planned and planted rain gardens on the Friends School of Minnesota grounds.

The rain gardens and pervious pavers were a part of a complete grounds renovation project in 2009-10.

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In August of 2009, over 60 FSM community volunteers came together to help plant the grounds at Friends School of Minnesota.
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Planting day in 2009
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We never saw butterflies in the schoolyard before it was reworked. Now monarch butterflies are dripping from the liatris every August.
Where we once had barren crab grass, we now have lush native gardens.
Where we once had barren crab grass lawn, we now have lush native gardens.