2017-08-09 / Springfield

BRAT offers rain garden workshop

This Springfield rain garden was created by Black River Action Team volunteers last year. BRAT is hosting a workshop to show how a rain garden is created from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 in Springfield. — COURTESY PHOTOThis Springfield rain garden was created by Black River Action Team volunteers last year. BRAT is hosting a workshop to show how a rain garden is created from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 in Springfield. — COURTESY PHOTOSPRINGFIELD — How can you beautify your yard, increase your property value and protect the local water quality at the same time? Consider planting a rain garden. A free rain garden workshop will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 11 Meadow Drive in Springfield, Vermont.

By helping rain and snow-melt to slow down, spread out and soak into the soil, you can keep your surrounding lawn greener, divert excess water to an attractive area designed to help it infiltrate rather than run off and draw pollinators to the blooms of gorgeous native flowers.

As part of the governor’s Clean Water Week, Black River Action Team (BRAT) volunteers will host a visit to a successful rain garden installed in June 2016. Chat with BRAT Director Kelly Stettner and homeowner Meg Stern, pick up a copy of the Vermont Rain Garden Manual and see how low-maintenance and lovely a simple rain garden can be.

Learn more at www.BlackRiverActionTeam.org, contact BRAT directly via email at blackrivercleanup@gmail.com, or leave a message at (802) 738-0456.

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