Thursday, September 16, 2010

Free Rain Garden Workshop in Frederick County, Sept. 25th

Deadline for registration is September 22

The Potomac Conservancy, in partnership with the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, is hosting a free public rain garden workshop at Bar-T Mountainside (2914 Roderick Road. Urbana, MD 21704) on Saturday, September 25.

Learn how to manage stormwater and beautify your own backyard through rain gardens, pollinator gardens and other lawn-reducing practices. You will also learn how to select the right native plants for the project and how to ensure your project’s success. Participants will get hands on experience planting two gardens with native flowers, grasses and shrubs.

The workshop will be held from 10am – 4pm and includes a light lunch. Registration is capped at 30 participants ages 16 and up. Please RSVP to Aimee Weldon at by September 22nd.

Why are rain gardens important?

Rain is natural; storm water run-off from man-made impervious surfaces isn.t. As residential subdivisions replace forests and agricultural land, storm water from increased impervious surfaces becomes a problem. Storm water run-off from developed areas increases flooding, carries pollutants from streets, parking areas and even lawns. Expensive storm water management structures are often required to address this problem.

By reducing storm water run-off, rain gardens can play a valuable role in changing these trends. While an individual rain garden may seem like a small thing, collectively they can produce substantial neighborhood and community-wide environmental benefits.

Source: Rain Gardens: A How To Manual for Homeowners (PDF)

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