March 1, 2018 -  Residents from Fort Wayne and surrounding areas have four opportunities to take advantage of free Rain Garden workshops this spring. Residents can bring photos of how stormwater impacts their yard and learn how to build a rain garden that might reduce standing water on their property. Each session is taught by a City of Fort Wayne landscape architect. 

Rain gardens are landscaped areas that help manage and control rain water runoff by containing it where it falls and giving the water an opportunity to soak into the ground, rather than enter a sewer. Native plants are recommended for rain garden planting because they have robust root systems that break up soil, allowing more water to soak in.

Workshop Dates:

Saturday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
McMillen Park Community Center – Red Room
3901 Abbott St.

Saturday, April 7 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Manchester University School of Pharmacy – Room 105
10627 Diebold Rd.

Thursday, April 19 from 6-9:30 p.m.
Citizens Square – Omni Room
200 E. Berry St.

Saturday, April 28 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Aboite Branch Library
5630 Coventry Ln.

To register for a workshop or for more information, call 311. More information about rain gardens may be found at City Utilities’ rain garden website at

Residents who own property in the City of Fort Wayne are eligible to apply for a cash incentive to help offset some of the costs of installing a rain garden when they attend a rain garden workshop.

True native plants can be difficult to find. An abundance of these native perennial plants will be available at our native plant sale on May 26.

Catching Rain Native and Rain Garden Plant Sale:
Saturday, May 26  from 9 a.m.-noon
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center
817 W. Dupont Rd.