CROWN POINT | A rain garden is a landscaped area planted with native plants and flowers that soak up rainwater. At the Lake County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Building this April 27, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Surveyor’s Office are sponsoring a workshop going over the basics so that you can create one of these where you live. It’s a free workshop that is going from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
A Rain Garden can be a great asset to the environment. It fills with rain water from roof tops or impervious surfaces during any rain event.
The water will gather into the garden area so that it can slowly soak into the ground instead of running off the land into a storm sewer or waterway. This is a great way to make areas in your yard look beautiful that may be consistently wet when you try to mow them or an option to add more color to an area while being more environmentally friendly.
They are not challenging to develop once you learn some basic principles that will be discussed during the meeting. After it is over, you can go down to the Industrial Arts Building and get great plant ideas from the Illiana Garden and Pond Show!
If you have any questions, contact the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service – Lake County at (219) 755-3240 or the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation at (219) 663-7042.