via the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition…
Ed Himlan of the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition will present a slideshow on rain gardens on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Leominster Library Community Room, 30 West Street.
Rain gardens attract birds and butterflies, while protecting local streams and ponds. These gardens are planted with flowers, shrubs and grasses that are easy to maintain and thrive without fertilizers and pesticides. The slideshow will explain where to place a rain garden, how to select plants and how to keep the garden flourishing as a beautiful accent for your home or business.
Rain gardens hold storm water for a few hours and allow it to seep into the ground. This groundwater then flows to brooks and ponds between rain events and is essential to stream life. Rain garden plants and soils also cleanse storm water by removing nutrients that can harm water quality.
The April 7th workshop is the third in a series of eight programs on how everyone can help to keep water clean and healthy. The program is free and no reservations are required. Refreshments will be served.
This program is cosponsored by the Leominster Public Library and the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition. For more information, contact the library’s reference desk at 978-534-7522 ext. 3.
(Image: Putting in a Rain Garden, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Seuss’ photostream.)