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Raingarden Design & Maintenance with Native Plants – A Workshop for Homeowners • Jackson County

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 @ 9am
George Owens Nature Park • 416 West Maple • Independence, MO • Map

A Native Plant and Water Management Workshop For Homeowners and Landscape Enthusiasts
Saturday, May 30, 2015 at George Owens Nature Center

During this workshop you will learn:
• where to start when planning a raingarden for your home landscape
• detailed information for managing water with raingardens and native plants
• how to plan for easy maintenance • what native plants work best for your location
• how native plants meet the needs of pollinators
• easy ways to increase the biodiversity of your home landscape
• resources to ensure successful project completion

A raingarden filled with native plants
Catching Rain with Native Plants
Laura Adams, Water Resources Engineer, Black and Veatch, Kansas City
An introduction to how rain gardens, bioswales, and native plants can be integrated in your own yard. This presentation will walk you through the steps to select native plants and lay out a rain garden. We’ll discuss the basic principles of rain garden location, design, construction, and maintenance.

Let Them Eat Cake:
Is your home landscape starving butterflies? Your yard is a buffet; learn how the right native plants support biodiversity for pollinators and the environment
Paula Diaz, GardeNerd Consultations, Raymore
Upon being alerted that the people were suffering due to widespread famine and bread shortages, the 18th century Queen of France is said to have replied, “Then let them eat cake.” It was an ignorant statement, representing disregard for the basic needs of other members of a society. We humans need to comprehend the interdependence of the other members of our ecological society. We must allow our fellow creatures to meet their basic NEEDS rather than expecting them to con sume that which cannot nourish them. Our ecological society cannot flourish if we continue to ignore the basic needs of pollinators, the largest portion of this society.

On-Site Tour of Raingarden/Bioswale
Sue Bartelette, Designer, Flower and Garden Design, Jamestown
Visit the park’s newly constructed raingarden for a tour with the project designer and park staff. See the site conditions and learn about design choices for native plants, soils, pathways, installation, erosion netting, mulch and ongoing maintenance considerations.

Contact: Josi Nielsen 314.685.9728

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Sponsor: Grow Native!

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