Rain & Native Gardens

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Rain & Native Garden Program!

If you didn’t get a slot this year, you’ll be automatically added to our 2020 wait list and will get the first chance to sign up next year.

Check here in early April for application info or email our Coordinator at anacoordinator@armatage.org to be added to the 2020 wait list. Space is limited so we recommend signing up as soon as the application form is live.

Number of gardens installed:

  • 2018: 12 rain gardens
  • 2019: 17 rain and native gardens

How does the program work?

Anyone who lives within the neighborhood’s borders (54th Street to the north, Xerxes Ave to the west, Logan Ave to the east, and Highway 62 to the south) is eligible to apply (both homeowners AND renters).

Renters are especially encouraged to apply for a rain or native garden. We know that not being the property owner can be a barrier so our Green Team will help you get approval from your landlord and offer assistance to help get your garden established, even if you move.

Participants receive an onsite consultation and their own garden design from Metro Blooms. Sometime over the summer (usually August), teams from the Conservation Corps of MN excavate the gardens, haul away extra soil, and mulch. Participants pick up and plant their new plants and receive lots of information on how to maintain their new garden.


In past years, residents have paid just $250 – $460, depending on the size and design of their rain or native garden and the ANA covered the remaining $750.

We also have a limited number of grants for residents who meet income qualifications to further bring down the cost of a garden. Learn more about our additional $100 grants here.

Sample Garden Design

Sample rain garden design

Installed rain garden

Newly installed Armatage rain garden

What is a rain garden?

Metro Blooms workshops