Landscape Architect Tom Benjamin and Ecological Designer Keith Zaltzberg will cover the basics of rain garden design and construction through a hands-on workshop to be held Saturday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop begins at the Tele-classroom in Building 101, Springfield Technology Park, 1 Federal St., Springfield, MA. Training will include installation of plants for the new Gardening the Community rain garden at Walnut and James Streets.
This workshop is part of the Springfield Rain Gardens Program, a Pioneer Valley Planning Commission project with the Regenerative Design Group, and is funded by a settlement agreement reached by Clean Water Action, a non-profit citizens’ group.
Rain gardens are landscaped depressions designed with soils and a variety of plants to receive and treat rainfall from rooftops, driveways, and other impervious surfaces. They help to beautify landscapes, reduce localized flooding, and prevent polluted urban stormwater runoff.
Registration for the workshop is required by Thursday, October 1, 2015. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Contact Patty Gambarini at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 781-6045.
Visit soakuptherain.pvpc.org to learn more about green infrastructure stormwater management practices in the Pioneer Valley.