RainScape Trainings

Image of people at a RainScapes workshopThe RainScapes program has announced its 2014 spring training calendar. If you’re interested in reducing stormwater runoff and beautifying your property, these are the trainings for you.

 Note: Register by calling 301-962-1451, using www.parkpass.org, or in person at the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center.  When registering, note the course number below.

 

 

 

RainScapes “Make and Take” Rain Barrel Workshop

Workshop Dates and Times:

  • Friday, April 25, 2014, 10am – 1pm (Course #272299)  OR
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10am – 1pm (Course #272349)

Registration required at www.parkpass.org  (Registration opens February 15th)

Where: Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Greenhouse

Fee: $12 for Friends of Brookside Gardens or $15 for non-members

Image of people assembling a rain barrel.

About this Workshop: Do you want to lessen the amount of tap water you use to water your garden? Do you want to help the environment by slowing down stormwater? If the answer is yes to either of those questions then what you want is a rain barrel!

A rain barrel collects and temporarily stores rainwater from your rooftop downspout. Every gallon you capture is one less gallon going down the storm drain and you also end up with a free source of water for watering your garden.

At this workshop you will learn the importance of stormwater control and you will gain the knowledge necessary to install your own rain barrel. You will also learn how to apply for a rebate for future rain barrels from Montgomery County’s RainScapes Rewards rebate program. Each attendee will be provided with light refreshments as well as one rain barrel with parts (one per household) to take home with them. Remember to bring a vehicle large enough to carry a 55-gallon (2’ x 3’) barrel home!

 

RainScapes Conservation Landscape Workshop

Workshop Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4 – 7pm  (Course #272350) OR
  • Friday, May 16, 2014, 10am – 1pm  (Course #272351)

Registration required at www.parkpass.org  (Registration opens February 15th)

Where: Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Fee: $12 for Friends of Brookside Gardens or $15 for non-members

About this Workshop:  This workshop will focus on conservation landscapes which are gardens planted with native plants. The native plants are deep rooted so they help slow down and soak up the rainwater. Instead of polluted rain water running off your land and into our streams, the conservation landscape gives that water a chance to soak into the ground. 

Attendees will learn how to evaluate their yard and gain the knowledge needed to create a conservation landscape. They will also learn how to apply for a rebate for conservation landscaping from Montgomery County’s RainScapes Rewards rebate program. Light refreshments will be provided as well as a few native plants, for taking home to help start transforming their landscape into a RainScape!

Posted on January 28, 2014
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