Thank you for your investment and interest in improving our watershed with green infrastructure and Best Management Practices (BMPs). Each BMP is a valuable piece of the watershed puzzle yet sometimes they involve a learning curve. These resources will help VLAWMO cost-share recipients and other green infrastructure tenders keep their project functioning and looking great.

Plant ID

Learn more about native plants and sharpen your skills at identifying weeds. 


BlueThumb Plant Finder

MN Native Plant Encyclopedia

Minnesota Wildflowers

VLAWMO Plant Cards:

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Plant cards 2


The Raingarden Book is available through VLAWMO for $10, and can also be purchased through several vendors found on Blue

Cost-share recipients are eligible for a free copy of Common Lakeshore Weeds. Call (651-204-6070) or visit the VLAWMO office for a copy. 

Blue Thumb Partners

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As a member of Blue Thumb, VLAWMO is connected to a network of specialists in the fields of landscape design, restoration, and native plants. 

Visit the Blue Thumb Partner Finder to find more resources on designing a new project, renovating an existing one, or ordering native plants. 

Neighborhood Spotlights

Experience is the best teacher. VLAWMO invites cost-share participants to share their discoveries to help others learn about our work and try water-friendly landscaping techniques.  


A new project is a great opportunity for documenting growth and changes as projects mature. Residents can photograph their project to demonstrate how the plants grow or how the project harnesses water over time. 

  • Take monthly photos of your project during the growing season (May-Sept) for 2-4 years. 
  • Send VLAWMO your photo collection.
  • Send us any fun photos of gardening, flowers, or wildlife visitors! 

Neighborhood Spotlights:

Tell the story of your project by being featured in a Neighborhood Spotlight article. Completed articles include a photo of a homeowner with the project, technical information on the project, and a brief interview. See examples below.

Kate Winsor:  June, 2018

Beth Fruehling:  May, 2018

Glander Family: April, 2018

Ronna Smitherman:  February, 2018