Raingarden workshop set April 20

A free raingarden workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Prairie Restorations in Scandia.

Tara Kline, a landscape designer with the Washington Conservation District, and Tom Groppoli, a Master Gardener and native plant expert with Prairie Restorations, will share their expertise on where, why and how to plant raingardens, as well as how to tap into free site visits, design assistance and even grants for raingardens and other water–friendly landscaping projects.

Raingardens are a beautiful and easy way to capture rainwater and soak it into the ground before it can wash dirt and nutrients into local lakes and the St. Croix River. Raingardens can be designed to collect water from your rooftop, driveway or even the street. They hold water for less than two days and do not attract mosquitoes.

The event is co-hosted by Prairie Restorations and the East Metro Water Resource Education Program. Please pre-register at http://tinyurl.com/ScandiaRaingarden2013. For more information, contact Angie Hong at 651-275-1136 x.35 or [email protected]

Learn more about watershed district grants at www.cmscwd.org, www.clflwd.org or www.ricecreek.org.  Learn more about raingardens at www.BlueThumb.org.