Planting a rain garden is workshop topic Saturday

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Join the Switzerland County Historical Society for the “how-to” of the installation of a rain garden and the “hands-on” planting of native plants this Saturday, May 23rd at 10 a.m.

A rain garden is being established at the developing Agriculture Museum Center at 5147 Highway 56, also known as the Thiebaud farmstead, located three miles west of Vevay. The program will be presented by the Dearborn County Soil and Water Conservation District, made possible by a grant from Clean Water Indiana.

A rain garden takes advantage of rainwater and stormwater runoff in its design and plant selection. Often a small garden, it is designed to withstand extremes of moisture and concentrations of nutrients.

Ideally they are sited close to the source of the runoff and serve to slow the water as it travels downhill. This gives the stormwater more time to infiltrate and less opportunity to gain momentum and erosive power.

On the surface, a rain garden looks like an attractive garden and may support habitat for birds and butterflies. It can be formal in design or may be incorporated into a larger garden as a border.

What makes it a rain garden is how it gets its water and what happens to that water once it arrives in the garden. Preliminary excavating and fill with appropriate materials will have been completed prior to the workshop.

Join us in planting a native plant selection, following a presentation by Jennifer Hughes from Dearborn County Soil and Water Conservation District. Handouts will be available to guide you in establishing a rain garden of your own.

There is no cost for the workshop but we would appreciate reservations so adequate materials can be prepared. Please call (812) 427-3560 or email swcomuseums@embarqmail.com if you plan to attend.