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.

Brook Run planning meeting

Monday, March 15th, 2010

A meeting will be held on Thursday April 29th at 6:30pm at the Innis House at Inniswood Metro Gardens for Brook Run residents. We will be discussing logistics, questions, and the timeline of the installations of the residential and right-of-ways rain gardens. Rain gardens are planned to be installed in mid-May.

Residents receiving rain gardens through our neighborhood rain garden grant project should attend to ask questions and find out details!

Please contact Stephanie to RSVP to this event: 614-486-9613 or ssuter@franklinswcd.org. Reminder postcards will go out to residents soon.

The Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative is partnering with The Ohio State University and the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District on yet another grant to assist with the neighborhood rain garden project in Brook Run. A grant of nearly $200,000 was awarded from the Ohio Water Development Authority to help enhance the already underway OEEF grant. This newest grant is helping to install 4-6 roadside rain gardens that will collect water from the roadways, which includes water that runs off homes into their downspouts that outlet into the street. The grant also helped to install monitoring equipment in the cul-de-sac area near the bridge, as well as equipment to monitor storm water runoff in a control neighborhood just north of Brook Run. Modeling is another aspect of the grant to help communities predict the impact of rain gardens on a neighborhood level.

The installation of these rain gardens will occur in early June after the 18 residential rain gardens have been installed. Drafts of the designs are being created by OSU students. Most likely volunteers will be recruited to help plant the gardens once the soil and curb cuts have been prepared.

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!

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