Parade of Homes rain garden

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

In preparation for the 2010 Parade of Homes, Franklin Soil and Water worked with M/I Homes to incorporate a rain garden into their parade home. Tom McNutt features the landscaper who installed the rain garden, as well as the other gardens, in this video: Tom McNutt at Parade of Homes 2010

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Grove City rain garden & workshop

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Eleven Grove City residents came out to Gantz Farms on Saturday to be part of a rain garden workshop and planting day with the City of Grove City and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. The residents learned about rain gardens, then the group planted and mulched a large rain garden that captures storm water runoff from the adjacent home, garage, and parking lot. Educational signage will be incorporated into the rain garden.

 Another rain garden workshop is being planned for Sept. 25th at Henceroth Park in Grove City with the same format. Grove City residents can call 614-277-3050 to register!

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The Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed invite you to join them in helping plant, mulch, and water a new rain garden! This rain garden is being installed at the Columbus Mennonite Church at 35 Oakland Park Ave. Columbus 43214. The first rain garden day is August 28th from 9am to 2pm, and the second day to help is September 11th from 9am to noon. (Sept. 11th will serve as a rain date if it rains on Aug. 28th.) Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring shovels and gloves. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Contact Kim Williams at 614-267-3386 or kwilliams@olentangywatershed.org to RSVP.

Click here to view or pass along flyer –  Soak It In_FLOW_flier

This project is funded through Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

Canal Winchester is changing up their storm water management code and design manual. Read this article to find out what they say about rain gardens:

http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/canalwinchester/stories/2010/07/28/updates-suggested-for-stormwater-code.html?sid=104

Rain gardens as a public health tool

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The CDC has a project in Muncie to eliminate standing water in a poorly drained neighborhood by installing rain barrels that overflow to rain gardens.

http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20100726/NEWS01/7260324

Sunny 95 Park rain gardens

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The City of Upper Arlington opened their newest park this weekend, the Sunny 95 Park. There are 25,000 square feet of rain gardens within the park. Four rain gardens have been adopted by the Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, and the Franklin County Economic Planning and Development Department. We welcome you to visit UA’s new park and see the rain gardens!

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Fairfield County rain gardens

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Check out the link below to read about Fairfield County’s plan to incorporate rain gardens in Violet Township.

http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/pickerington/stories/2010/05/19/violet-township-rain-garden-aims-to-filter-water-runoff.html?sid=104

Rain garden workshop – May 6th

Monday, March 15th, 2010

On Thursday May 6th from 6:30pm to 8pm, the Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative will present information on rain gardens at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus. Homeowners, businesses, and local organizations are invited to attend this workshop to learn about the benefits, design, and installation of rain gardens. Sierra Club Ohio Chapter will provide 10 rain garden kits as door prizes for attendees! An Audubon Center staff member will be available to talk about the Center, and there is a wonderful rain garden example on-site.

If you have ordered a rain garden kit through Franklin Soil and Water’s Tree Sale (www.franklinswcd.org), this would be a good chance to get some more information on planning and last minute ideas before you plant your plants.

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District has started its Annual Tree and Fish Sale. This year many native trees, shrubs, tree planting supplies, wildflower seeds, grass seeds, rain barrels, and rain garden kits are offered. The rain garden kits include 38 plug-sized plants. The last day to order is March 26th, and pickup dates vary, depending on what is ordered.

Visit www.franklinswcd.org for more information or to order online!

A sign for the rain garden at Casto Park was installed yesterday. The Casto Park rain garden was a partnership project with City of Columbus, Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries, and Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative, made possible with funding from an Ohio American Water grant.

A sign for the rain garden at Westgate Park was also installed. The Westgate Park rain garden was a partnership project with the City of Columbus, Friends of the Scioto River, Friends of Westgate Park, and the Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative.

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