Water, Water Everywhere? Might be time to build a rain garden!
Next time it rains, take a look at where the water runs through your yard and where it ends up. Does the water come off the street, driveways, your roof, downspouts? Does it go directly into a storm drain, an open drainage ditch, the neighbor’s yard? If water comes to a rest in your yard leaving you with soggy soil and a low-lying “pond”, it could be a good candidate for a rain garden.
Rain gardens are shallow depressions in yards or fields that collect rainwater. Rain gardens help absorb the water, prevent or reduce runoff, and of course add beauty to your yard.
Learn the basics of designing, constructing, and planting a rain garden at the next Lincoln County Master Gardener Roundtable session lead by Bruce Bennett, a certified professional horticulturalist and Washington State Master Garden. “Rain gardens are an up and coming trend in the U.S. for home owners who want to increase home values, lower yard maintenance, and preventing flooding,” says Bennett. “They also contribute to healthy communities by reducing water pollution in local streams and waterways.”
The Build a Rain Garden roundtable session takes place on May 10 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366.
Call the LCMGA office at 541-574-6534, ext. 57410 or go to orcoastmga.org/roundtable to reserve a seat. Your RSVP ensures we have adequate seating and handouts. Attendance is free but donations to offset facility fees are welcome.
About Lincoln County Master Gardener Association (orcoastmga.org)
The Lincoln County Master Gardener™ Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the statewide Master Gardener™ program administered by Oregon State University Extension. Its primary goals are to:
* Help Lincoln County residents become familiar with best practices developed by university researchers.
* Promote the benefits of growing vegetables, herbs, natives, and other ornamentals.
* Help gardeners understand and overcome Oregon coastal gardening challenges.
Provide scholarships for college students to pursue scientific study related to gardening topics.
* Develop demonstration gardens to showcase techniques and provide real-life examples of gardening methods.
* Foster gardening activities and learning opportunities for all ages.
About OSU Extension (extension.oregonstate.edu)
The Oregon State University Extension Service celebrates over 100 years of educational outreach. The OSU Extension mission is to convey research-based knowledge that is reliable, relevant, and reachable for Oregon residents to improve their lives, homes, and communities. OSU Extension manages the Oregon Master Gardener program which delivers research-based horticultural information through a network highly-trained volunteers.
To learn more about the 2018 Roundtable Series, please contact Ann Geyer, LCMGA Education Coordinator
Lincoln County Master Gardener Association