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Monday, July 15, 2013

Today at Garvan

Gardening 101 Workshop: "Rain Gardens"
July 15
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. - Magnolia Room

Join Mark Boyer, Professor and Department Head of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas, to learn about creating your own rain garden. Having the right information before siting, designing and installing a rain garden is crucial.

A rain garden consists of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression, which is generally formed on a natural slope. It is designed to temporarily hold and absorb rain water runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns. Rain gardens are effective in removing up to 90% of nutrients and chemicals and up to 80% of sediments from the rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, rain gardens allow for 30% more water to soak into the ground. Mark will inform you of resources that will help you install a rain garden that will not only be beautiful but also infiltrate your storm water for years to come.

Free Members / regular admission Non-Members. Advance registration required. Call the Gardens at 501-262-9300/800-366-4664 to register.

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