Sunday, April 15, 2012

Landscaping With a Purpose Rain gardens in Your Backyard

Homeowners in many parts of the state are catching on to rain gardens - landscaped areas planted with flowers, shrubs and other native vegetation that soak up rain water, mainly from the roof of a house or other building. These gardens fill with a few inches of water after a storm and water slowly filters into the ground rather than running off to a storm drain. They are very important in reducing storm water runoff, which can cause flooding and drainage problems in our neighborhoods.

Join Vincent Cotrone, from Penn State Cooperative Extension, for a workshop to learn how to install a rain garden in your yard!  Learn how to choose the best location, size, type of plants needed, as well as how to maintain your garden after installation. There will also be hands on component where you can help put the final touches on a newly created demonstration rain garden at Frances Slocum State Park.

Registration fee of $15.00 includes informational resources and lunch. Please dress for weather and plan to be outside for part of the workshop.

This workshop is part of the Sustainable Backyard Landscapes Education Series developed through a partnership of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Environmental Council. For more information contact the Luzerne County Cooperative Extension at 570-825-1701 or Frances Slocum State Park at 570-696-3525.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Environmental Education Center
Frances Slocum State Park 10:00am – 2:00pm
Fee: $15.00

Make checks payable to:
Luzerne Co. Cooperative Ext.,
mail to:
*Luzerne Co.
Cooperative Extension
16 Luzerne Ave.
West Pittston, PA 18643

*Please include: Name, address, phone, email and name of program with your check payment or 

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  1. Great post. It is one of my great goals in life to learn something (anything!) about being a Gardner. My thumb is certainly not green, but perhaps there is potential!
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  3. You need to have to appear for a backyard landscaping thought like the 1 above that will benefit you all year round. Deciduous trees will not be gorgeous in all seasons, most probably, but not all.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the pictures! You really have a beautiful garden and I wish I could have that too. But our backyard is too small for this.