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How to Build a Rain Garden

Article Published: Apr. 28, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
How to Build a Rain Garden

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will offer a May 6 workshop on rain gardens. File photo

Ever wonder how to build a rain garden?

If so, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service can help. The service's Watauga County office is hosting a workshop on May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As homeowners and property managers become more aware of the issues of storm water management, many of them are choosing to manage the runoff from their homes and businesses with rain gardens.

Rain gardens are shallow depressions and serve as landscape features that can effectively collect and treat storm water and reduce localized flooding.

Rain gardens can be integrated into the existing landscape as a retrofit or be included in the initial landscaping plan.

To effectively manage storm water, rain gardens must be accurately sized and properly constructed.
The one-day workshop will present a method for sizing and designing rain gardens and detail proper construction techniques.

Workshop participants will be installing a rain garden, and participants should dress accordingly for the weather, as the workshop will take place rain or shine. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended, and participants are encouraged to bring sunblock, hats and gloves if preferred. Lunch will be provided.

As a result of workshop, participants will understand why storm water needs to be managed, understand the principles of rain garden location, design, construction and maintenance, be able to select appropriate vegetation, and design, build and plant a small rain garden.

The workshop is geared toward homeowners, property owners, master gardeners and homeowners association representatives. The workshop does not include certification.

To register, contact extension agent Wendy Patoprsty at (828) 264-3061 or e-mail Pre-registration is required, including a $20 fee.

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