Rain gardens workshops set
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 3:17 PM
For the eighth year in a row, the city will offer free workshops to teach residents how to improve drainage on their property by planting a rain garden.
A rain garden is a landscaped area that holds rain water runoff for a few hours to a few days using native plants that help the soil soak up more water. After a rain, the water slowly soaks into the ground. The gardens help residents reduce standing water on their property and reduce the amount of runoff that goes into combined sewers, which improves water quality in our rivers.
To register, residents should call 311 to sign-up for one of four workshops:
Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tecumseh Library 1411 E. State Blvd.;
Saturday, April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Aboite Branch Library 5630 Coventry Lane;
Saturday, May 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Purdue Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave.;
and Saturday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dupont Library, 536 E. Dupont Road.
Native plants sale will be held on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road. Riverview Nursery will be selling native and rain garden plants and rain garden kits, and informational displays and experts will be available to answer questions about rain gardens and incorporating native plants into landscaping. Light refreshments will be available.
Residents who own property in the city are eligible to apply for a cash incentive to help offset some of the costs of installing a rain garden at their home. The incentive is only available for those who attend a training session and fill out the application. More information about rain gardens may be found at City Utilities’ rain garden website at http://www.catchingrainfw.org/
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