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Workshop will provide 'how to' approach for creating rain gardens

Would you like to learn the benefits of and techniques for creating a rain garden on your property? Then plan to attend an upcoming workshop on landscaping for water quality with a focus on rain gardens.

Taught by Rusty Schmidt, a natural resource specialist with the Washington Conservation District, the workshop will take place on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road.

"The natural beauty and practical benefit of a rain garden makes it an increasingly popular choice for homeowners who want to help improve water quality while enjoying an attractive, low maintenance and diverse garden," said Sharon Doucette, environmental resources coordinator.

Workshop participants will learn what a rain garden is and how they can build one and why rain gardens are important for our lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Through a "how to" approach, participants will learn about garden placement, soil preparation, plant selection and the nuances of rain garden construction. Other home landscaping ideas that help reduce runoff and protect water quality will also be discussed.

The workshop is free of charge. Pre-registration is requested. To sign up, call Community Development at (651) 714-3533 or send an e-mail to