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Upcoming Rain Garden Workshops

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Rain Gardens are a beautiful way to reduce stormwater pollution.
Rain Gardens are a beautiful way to reduce stormwater pollution.

If you could significantly reduce the amount of stormwater pollution entering Baltimore’s streams and Harbor by making one easy and attractive change to your yard, wouldn’t you do it?

Well, you can and we want to help you do it!

This winter, Blue Water Baltimore is offering a series of rain garden workshops to make it easy for you to get your very own rain garden.

Rain Garden 101 Information Sessions

In our Rain Garden 101 information sessions you will learn how a rain garden works, what to expect if you want to put one in your landscape and how to properly maintain your garden.

Whether you want to design one yourself or work with a contractor, there is a lot to learn. If you think you would like to install a rain garden on your property, this is a great opportunity to prepare!

Cost:  $5 in advance, $10 at the door.  Click here to register now!

 

Do-It-Yourself Rain Garden Workshop

Blue Water Baltimore is offering an in-depth 2-day training course for Water Audit participants who want to design and install their own rain garden. This training will cover everything you need from plant selection to material resources to design tips and templates. Designing your own garden is time and labor intensive, but, it can be fun! It is also more affordable. Typical residential rain garden design fees range from $200-$500 per property.

After this training, you may visit highlighted examples to see some rain gardens firsthand. These examples will help you to understand what your finished project should look like.

We’ll offer a complete rundown of rain garden design and installation. We will help you assess your property and go over key points before creating your rain garden, including:

  • determining slope and area draining to your garden
  • sizing your garden to capture the 1” storm
  • identifying local sources for soil, mulch and plants
  • avoiding common mistakes

Cost:  $50 per household, advance registration required by January 8th. Click here to register now!