Free rain garden workshops begin Saturday

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Free rain garden workshops begin Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Three Rain Garden workshops are offered this spring to help residents address standing water issues on their property while improving water quality. The City says the sessions are free and are sponsored by a partnership between City Utilities and the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative. A City landscape architect teaches each session.

This year, Fort Wayne City Utilities is teaming with St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative Partnership, to present the workshops and to offer portions of the funding needed to install a rain garden. Attendance at the workshop is required to qualify for the funding incentive.

According to City officials, rain gardens are landscaped areas that help manage and control rainwater 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.

Again, the workshops are free of charge, but we ask that participants register in advance by calling City Utilities at 311 or 260-427-8311. The workshops are open to Fort Wayne and Allen County residents.

Workshop Dates:
March 30, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Salomon Farm Park

April 13, 2019
10:30 AM- 2:00 PM
Grabill Public Library

May 18, 2019
8:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Manchester University – Fort Wayne Campus