Master Gardeners at City Hall: U of M Extension Master Gardeners in Dakota County
The City of Mendota Heights passed a pollinator-friendly ordinance in 2016, and U of M Extension Master Gardeners in Dakota County have focused their efforts on raising awareness about issues threatening pollinators ever since. Master Gardeners and city staff have developed a trusting relationship that has resulted in gardening projects including a pollinator-friendly garden at City Hall.
They’ve also promoted best gardening practices for sustainable landscapes and educated city staff and residents via workshops and articles in city newsletters. Master Gardeners worked with the grounds crew of the city-owned golf course to identify and remove invasive plants, install a rain garden and renovate the gardens at the course to improve pollinator habitat. They shared pollinator-friendly gardening practices and information on invasive species management during the annual Mendota Heights Parks Celebration event, and at workshops and other events open to the public throughout the city.
The City of Mendota Heights gave Dakota County Master Gardeners a community service award in 2018 in recognition of their efforts and value to the community.
This story is from the 2018 Annual Report of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Extension Master Gardeners are your neighbors who share University research-based horticulture information that promotes healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet. For more information, visit Master Gardener.