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Rain Garden Workshops in February

1/23/2012
Rebecca Lewis, Environmental Compliance Specialist | RLewis@wichita.gov | (316) 268-8351

Two workshops scheduled at the Sedgwick County Extension Office

Would you like to reduce your water bills? Capture the “free” water that runs off your roof and driveway and use it? Or add a low-maintenance landscaping feature that enhances your curb appeal? If so, you should attend two Wichita Rain Garden workshops scheduled for Feb. 2 at Sedgwick County Extension Office.

A rain garden is a landscape feature designed to capture stormwater. Water is diverted to the rain garden, soaks into the ground, and is taken up by plants instead of running into the storm drain. Rain Gardens promote better water quality and water conservation.

On Feb. 2, there will be a daytime workshop for professionals to learn how to design, install and maintain rain gardens and an evening workshop for do-it-yourselfers who would like to install rain gardens in their own landscape. Both the daytime and evening workshops will feature Lee Skabelund, ASLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning at Kansa State University.

  1. Rain Garden Workshop: Professional Design and Implementation,10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $15, (lunch included). This workshop will include rain garden concepts, site plans, an installation guide, plant choices for our area, and practical application exercises. Register at www.wichitaraingardens.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100.
  2. Rain Garden: Do It Yourself, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $5. For homeowners. This event will focus on basics of installing a rain garden at home. Vendor booths will be set up to promote local resources. Register at www.raingardendiy.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100.

Public Works & Utilities, River City WRAPS and the county extension office are partnering to present these workshops. The City Stormwater Management's mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens by providing adequate drainage and flood control within the community and to reduce the pollution of our nation's waterways by implementing a comprehensive stormwater quality management program. K-State Research and Extension is a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansas. RiverCity WRAPS seeks to educate the public on the importance of water quality and best practices residents and local entities can participate in to help protect the river well into the future.

For questions or exhibit and sponsor ship opportunities regarding this workshop, please contact Rebecca Lewis or Tonya Bronleewe, Natural Resources Extension Agent, 316-660-0100.

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