Going Native with Shoreline Restoration

August 22, 2017

Woman smiling behind native flowering plants
Shoreline restoration may not be a top concern for most congregations, but for members of Colonial Church in Edina, it is a priority in maintaining the extensive grounds that include ponds, raised gardens, and fruit trees—all cultivated on land that was once a bog.

Avid gardener Carol Rothe grew up in the area and remembers her brothers trapping beaver in this former marshland. Upon retirement from years supporting students with special needs, and a previous career working in Pillsbury and Perkins’ test kitchens, she tried a couple of gardening clubs. “But they really did nothing for me,” she admits. Shoreline restoration, on the other hand, captivates her analytical mind.

So, while others repair cracked sidewalks, Rothe and a small team of dedicated volunteers are making the shoreline plants and external setting of the church as spiritually inspiring as its interior.

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