Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education notified Franklin Soil and Water that the project was recently reviewed and selected as an Outstanding Project. Read More
Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative (CORGI) is working with several local garden centers to promote native plants and rain gardens. Check out our displays at Kurtz Bros. nursery in Westerville, Oakland Nursery in Clintonville, and Scioto Gardens in Delaware County.
The Ohio EPA has awarded $47,056 to Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District to assist garden centers and nurseries promote rain gardens to their customers. During the two-year grant period, Franklin Soil and Water will provide workshops to garden center staff on rain garden installation and maintenance, plant selection, and the influence of stormwater runoff on local rivers and streams. Displays with rain garden brochures will be provided to the garden centers along with plant tags identifying plants suitable for use in rain gardens. Written and Web-based resources will help sustain the program beyond the grant period to encourage long-term stewardship.
(To read the full press release, click here. Updates about this project will be placed on the “Project: Nursery Outreach” page of this website.)
“To simply say more people are ‘Going Green’ these days is an understatement. All across Franklin County, more of our neighborhoods and communities are prioritizing the careful stewardship of our natural resources,” said Franklin County Commissioner President Paula Brooks, who is a founding member of the Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative. She is a fan of rain gardens and has been supportive of Franklin Soil and Water’s efforts. “This grant to promote more rain gardens in Central Ohio is part of a partnership between the state, the county, and our team at Franklin Soil and Water. These are the types of investments that can directly benefit our residents, protect our environment, and build upon the jobs and green economy growing in Franklin County.”
Our new project will educate growers, landscape designers, garden center staff and gardeners about local causes of impaired water quality and engages them in a process of exploring onsite stormwater infiltration practices as a means of lessening the impact of this environmental concern. Garden centers and growers have the greatest ability to reach landscape designers and gardeners and encourage the adoption of practices that protect the water quality of Central Ohio streams. Partnering with area garden centers will increase public awareness of the relationship between stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, the health of our streams and the need for stormwater infiltration. Workshops, training and literature will provide knowledge of options to consider that add value to gardening and landscaping efforts. We will work with garden centers to provide homeowners with the tools necessary, including written materials and technical consultation, to expand and sustain this program long-term in order to promote ongoing stewardship.