City Utilities offers free rain garden workshops

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KPC NEWS SERVICE

Residents from Fort Wayne and surrounding areas have three opportunities to take advantage of free rain garden workshops in April. Native plants best suited to those rain gardens will be available at a plant sale in late May.

Residents attending the workshops can bring photos of storm water’s impact on their yard and learn how to build a rain garden that might reduce standing water on their property. Each session is taught by a city landscape architect.

Rain gardens are landscaped areas that help manage and control rain water runoff by containing it where it falls and giving the water an opportunity to soak into the ground, rather than enter a sewer. Native plants are recommended for rain garden planting because they have robust root systems that break up soil, allowing more water to soak in.

Remaining workshop dates are:

• Saturday, April 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manchester University School of Pharmacy — Room 105, 10627 Diebold Road, Fort Wayne.

• Thursday, April 19, 6-9:30 p.m., Citizens Square – Omni Room, 200 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

• Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne.

To register for a workshop or for more information, call 311. More information about rain gardens is available at City Utilities’ rain garden website at www.CatchingRainFW.org.

Residents who own property in the city of Fort Wayne are eligible to apply for a cash incentive to help offset some of the costs of installing a rain garden when they attend a rain garden workshop.

“True native plants can be difficult to find,” City Utilities said in a statement. “An abundance of these native perennial plants will be available at our native plant sale …” That plant sale will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 26, at Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne.