Oklahoma Low Impact Development

Rain Garden Academy--Learn How to Build a Rain Garden

When Nov 09, 2010
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Springdale, Arkansas
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For information:

Delia Haak at 238-4671


Learn How to Build a Rain Garden;

Registrations limited for Nov. 9 Rain Garden Academy



Are you interested in building a rain garden but aren’t sure how to go about it? If that’s the case, then you will want to attend the first ever Rain Garden Academy. This pilot workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Sam’s Club Community Room at Arvest Ballpark, located at the corner of 56th and Watkins streets in Springdale. Registration is only $25 per person. The fee covers a bus tour of regional rain gardens (commercial and residential), design materials, lunch, drawings for native plants and trees, and membership for a year in the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP). To register for the workshop and view videos of rain gardens being constructed, visit www.irwp.org. You may also call 238-4671 and register by phone.

The workshop is designed for homeowners, commercial developers, gardeners, nursery owners, landscapers and anyone who wants to know more about rain gardens or connect with others who want to build and maintain rain gardens in the area. Program sponsors include IRWP, Walmart Information Systems Division, Beaver Water District, Washington County Environmental Affairs Office, Garden City, White River Nursery and Crowder Construction. The workshop will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m., the IRWP 2010 Golden Paddle Award Winners Ceremony at 6 p.m., and the IRWP’s annual membership and board meeting at 7 p.m.

Building a rain garden is one of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to manage wet weather and reduce storm water pollution. A rain garden absorbs runoff more efficiently than a standard lawn, sometimes as much as 30% - 40% more. Capturing rainwater in a rain garden, holding the water for a short time and then slowly releasing it into the soil can reduce the rush of a large storm – quickly, neatly and naturally. Rain gardens  lessen the impact of impervious surfaces and polluted runoff because they are low-tech, inexpensive, sustainable and esthetically beautiful. Visit www.irwp.org to view video clips of volunteers and sponsors building a large rain garden at Horsebarn Trail Road and South 52nd Street Bridge, Rogers.

 Rain Garden Academy
Arvest Ballpark
Springdale, Arkansas
November 9, 2010

9:00 am Registration - $25 includes:
Rain Garden bus tour, design materials, LID manual, lunch, 2010-11 IRWP Membership

9:15 Welcome - Robyn Reed, Washington County Environmental Affairs; Chair, IRWP Education
9:30 Tour of Rain Gardens of Northwest Arkansas
Maps of NWA Rain Gardens – Tour Guide Hunter Haynes
10:00 Stop 1: Rogers Horsebarn Trail
Garden Guides: Roland Pinault & Walmart ISD, Ken Booth, SandCreek Engineering
10:45 Load buses to drive to BWD
11:00 Stop 2: Beaver Water District, Lowell
Garden Guides: Bob Morgan, Brad Hufhines
11:30 Rain Gardens and Low Impact Development
Jeff Huber, Project Designer, UA Community Design Center
Low Impact Development (LID) Manuals for participants
12:15 pm Lunch boxes at BWD stop
12:30 Load buses
12:45 Stop 3: Springdale Public Works
Garden Guides: Sam Goade, Director, Public Works; Mike Hicklin, Landscaping
1:15 Stop 4: Fayetteville in Bloom
Garden Guide: Cindi Cope residential rain gardens
2:00 Break at Arvest Ballpark and drawings for Native Plants, Trees, Seeds!
2:15 More Rain Gardens and Missed Opportunities
Bob Morgan, BWD Environmental
2:30 Five Important Reasons to Build a Rain Garden
Delia Haak, IRWP
2:45 How to Recruit and Motivate Volunteers, Partners and Sponsors
Roland Pinault, Walmart ISD
3:15 Commercial Rain Gardens
“Lesson Learned and Learning”
Hunter Haynes, Roland Pinault, Ken Booth, Sam Goade, Mike Hicklin
4:00 Residential Rain Gardens
“Lessons Learned and Learning”
Amy Wilson, Cindi Cope, Joyce Mendenhall, Master Gardeners
4:45 Rain Garden Academy Wrap-up and drawings – Delia Haak, IRWP and Bob Morgan, BWD
5:00 Illinois River Watershed Partnership Reception at Arvest Ballpark
6:00 IRWP 2010 Golden Paddle Award Winners Announced
7:00 IRWP 2010 Annual Membership and Board Meeting
8:30 pm Adjourn

Rich Resource Links:
1. Rain Garden at Horsebarn Trail, Rogers , AR at www.irwp.org/raingarden.html
2. http://www.bwdh2o.org/
3. http://learningstore.uwex.edu/pdf/GWQ037.pdf
4. http://www.raingardennetwork.com/publications.html
5. http://dnr.wi.gov/runoff/pdf/rg/rgmanual.pdf
6. http://dnr.wi.gov/runoff/pdf/rg/links/home.gardens.pdf
7. http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/raingarden/Building.html
8. http://dnr.wi.gov/runoff/rg/plants/PlantListing.htm

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