Runoff Now Feeds Prairie Rain Garden at Center for Urban Horticulture

May 1st, 2015 by UWBG Communication Staff
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Malcolm Howard standing in the prairie rain garden in its first spring after planting, looking west across the Union Bay Natural Area.

What to do about muddy puddles caused by rain runoff in the middle of a trail used by hundreds of people every day? Could a garden solve the problem?

Masters of Environmental Horticulture graduate student Malcolm Howard choose this problem area as his MEH project. He explains how the site was chosen: “The rain garden was placed along the trail to intercept runoff from the nearby parking lot. Instead of water ponding on the trail after rains, the rain garden helps retain this runoff and convey the remaining water under the trail.”

The prairie rain garden was installed just south west of the parking lot that is on the west side of Merrill Hallat the Center for Urban Horticulture. The trail leads to the popular Union Bay Natural Area where visitors enjoy watching birds and feeling immersed in a wild place.

What does Malcolm expect to accomplish with the Prairie Rain Garden? “I hope that the garden can help improve trail conditions, while displaying some interesting native prairie plants for people to enjoy and learn about.”

The Prairie Rain Garden received a small project grant from the UW Sustainability Fund in January 2015.

Prairie Rain Garden Summary with plant list.

Rain Garden Gala Oct. 22 and Workshop Oct. 23-24

September 26th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

 

Rain Garden Gala Flyer

Please join us for the launch of our new rain garden handbook!

Catch up with the latest in rain garden science and techniques with the region’s leading researchers!

  • Find out what’s new in thie edition of the handbook from lead author & expert, Curtis Hinman
  • Have your questions answered by a panel of rain garden experts, owners, & builders!
  • Enjoy complimentary Salmon Safe wine & beer along with locally sourced appetizersPlease join us for the launch of our new rain garden handbook!

Please RSVP to Kelly: KS@stewardshippartners.org

For more information, go to www.12000raingardens.org or contact Aaron Clark: ac@stewardshippartenrs.org, 206.292.9875

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Then, join us on October 23-24 for a Rain Garden Training for Professionals!

For full details and to register, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/stormwater.shtml

Rain Garden Training for Professionals

Rain Garden Training for Professionals

August 26th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Functional and attractive, rain gardens are becoming popular with homeowners and businesses because of the benefits they bring such as reducing water pollution and flooding and increasing property values and appeal (plus government incentives). Learn how to design and install these gardens in our upcoming 2-day workshop for professionals to tap into a new and growing customer base.

Photo Courtesy of 12,000 Rain Gardens

Photo Courtesy of 12,000 Rain Gardens

 

2-day workshop – October 23-24
8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $135; Late registration after October 16 is $150.

Draft Agenda for Rain Garden Workshop

Register Online or call 206.685.8033

 

Landscape designers, installers, and maintenance technicians are invited to take advantage of a two-day training.  This professional level training will focus on rain gardens and other low-impact development practices gaining in popularity with savvy homeowners who want to control run-off and beautify their yards.  The class will cover site selection, soils, new regulations, designs, plant selection, and more.

The demand for properly installed rain gardens is growing, creating a new niche and business opportunity for those with adequate training.  State and local programs are, or will soon be, requiring low impact development on new construction and several are offering incentives for retrofit projects.  These regulations are and will increasingly result in the creation of new jobs in the landscape industry.  The workshops will include lunch and refreshments, a copy of the new rain garden handbook, and other take-away materials.

Presented by:

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Photo Courtesy of 12,000 Rain Gardens

Photo Courtesy of 12,000 Rain Gardens