Natural Resources

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Native wildflowers, photo by Karen Eckman.

Ellen Brenna,
Natural Resources Coordinator


Native plants provide valuable habitat for wildlife, require less maintenance than non-native plants, and create low-maintenance gardens and lawns. Native grasses and wildflowers have deep root systems and help prevent erosion. Areas with diverse native plants have less water runoff than typical turf grass and usually do not require pesticides. 

What Can I Do?

Residents are encouraged to plant rain gardens, plant native trees and avoid pesticides and herbicides on lawns.

Plant a rain garden

Rain gardens are shallow gardens with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. They are placed near hard surfaces like sidewalks and driveways and help prevent watering pooling or entering storm drains. They improve water quality and provide food and habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Tree sale

Trees and shrubs are available to residents each spring at wholesale prices through the annual tree sale. 

Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo and Market

Shoreview hosts and sponsors the Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo and Market each spring. Event details are available online.

  • 2019 Landscape Revival
    Saturday, June 1
    9 am - 1 pm
    Shepherd of the Hills Church
    3920 Victoria Street N


We're always looks for volunteers to help maintain the city's rain gardens. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Ellen Brenna for details. 

Preservation and Vegetation Management Ordinance 

The vegetation management ordinance seeks to preserve landmark trees and protect plants in sensitive areas like wetlands and shorelines. Section 209.050 within Shoreview's Municipal Code.