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Photos: Volunteers make way for new growth

Dave Best dumps fresh mulch from a wheelbarrow during a rain garden clean-up May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 8
Stephanie Wang, a Master Water Steward with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, pulls up dry brush during a rain garden clean-up May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
Rita Thomas collects dead leaves during a rain garden clean-up May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 8
Jessica Miller laughs while pulling up dry brush at a rain garden clean-up May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 8
Volunteers help restore one of the rain gardens at Trinity Presbyterian Church May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 8
Barb Patterson smiles during a rain garden clean-up May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 8
Stuart Knappmiller uses a trowel to dig up dry brush at a rain garden clean-up May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 8
Anna Barker, a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener, holds a duck egg she found during a rain garden clean-up May 4, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 8

WOODBURY — Volunteers helped clear dead plants, leaves and debris from one of Woodbury's rain gardens Saturday, May 4, in preparation for new plantings.

The rain garden is one of several located at Trinity Presbyterian Church, considered a "green congregation" by the Washington Conservation District. Gardens are positioned to absorb water flowing down the hill toward the church on Tower Drive.

Anna Barker, a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener and Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District Master Water Steward, said the cleanup was part of a twice-yearly experiment to upkeep the area's rain gardens.

"It's a trial balloon for what maintenance is needed," Barker said.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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