Green digest

Trees for sale

In an effort to build the city’s urban tree forest, 1,000 trees have been made available for residents to purchase at $25 each. Buyers can choose from bicolor oaks, fall fiesta sugar maples, pagoda dogwoods, Japanese tree lilacs or welchi junipers. Each tree is approximately six feet tall with a one-inch trunk.

Orders can be placed at on a first come, first served basis, with a limit of one tree per family. Pickup dates are May 10–11 from 7–3 p.m. and May 12 from 3–7 p.m. at the former Franklin Middle School east parking lot, 1501 Aldrich Ave. N. Buyers will be given a complimentary bag of mulch with their trees. For more information, call Tree Trust, a local environmental nonprofit, at 651-644-5800.

Community Garden Spring Resource Fair

On Mar. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., GardenWorks, a local nonprofit that supports community gardening, will host the fourth annual Community Garden Spring Resource Fair at First Christian Church, 2201 1st Ave. S.

The free event features displays and booths on gardening techniques, food security and vermiculture, which is the use of worms in composting. Participants can attend workshops on topics like successful event fundraising, spirituality in the garden, mosaic garden balls, strategies to prevent theft and vandalism, and beautification tips. PeteWilcut will be on hand with live chickens for a community henhouse demonstration, and Ross Stafford will show attendees how to make nutritious meals from their gardens.

Will Allen, executive director of Growing Power Community Food Center in Milwaukee, will speak at 9:30 a.m. about his experience teaching farming and food processing and launching urban gardens across the country.

The event, which is open to the public, will also have live music, food and activities for kids.

What do pedestrians want?

The city is looking for input on its Pedestrian Master Plan, which will determine the improvements officials will make to Minneapolis’ streets over the next 20 years. The first open house will take place on March 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. Participants will get to learn about the plan; mark up maps and write down their observations; and discuss issues with city staff, consultants and each other

Rain garden workshops

Residents are invited to sign up for rain garden workshops held at recreation centers throughout the city this spring.

The $10 seminars put on by Metro Blooms, a nonprofit that promotes gardens and protecting the environment, have two types: Part A teaches participants how to design and install rain gardens using native plants, ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs. Attendees will get a free packet of materials to get them started and learn about eco-friendly lawn care, redirecting downspouts and minimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Part B consists of small-group sessions for those who have completed Part A workshops. Participants will team up with experts to design their rain gardens and get help with plant selection and layout.

Visit to register and learn more about the workshops.

County approves Environmental Response Fund grants

Last month, the Hennepin County Board approved $2.3 million in grants to assess and clean up 17 contaminated sites, including over $400,000 for Corson’s Corner on 26th Street & Stevens Avenue, which is polluted with a solvent from a former dry cleaners, and $30,000 to assess 29th Street & Lyndale Avenue, which may have been polluted by underground fuel-oil tanks from when the site was a fuel transfer facility.

Additionally, $300,000 in matching funds will go toward the county’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard
Control Program.