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Continued: Minnehaha Creek goes native in Edina

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 3, 2013 - 4:25 PM

Though the plantings are new, the seed hasn’t sprouted, and the plants that were planted from plugs are small, residents who took part in the project are thrilled.

“I think it’s fabulous,” said Susan Brown, whose creek edge includes a path from lawn to water for canoe access.

Though she had added native plants along the creek for years in an effort to create a more sustainable area near the water, the work done by the watershed district looks more professional and contains more interesting plants, she said.

Nearby, a solid retaining wall has been replaced with a stone wall that has plants between the rocks. “It looks so much more natural than it did,” she said.

Pearson, too, is pleased. A mulched path separates her landscaped yard from plantings along the creek, and she is excited to see the plants establish themselves in an area frequented by deer, fox and birds.

“It’s so attractive now. They really know what they’re doing,” she said. “As neighbors see the great work they’re doing, people will see this is really cool.”


Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380


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