Rain Garden Design, Installation and Program Development Workshop

October 24, 2013
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Buck Creek Fire Department Station 71
5809 W. Airport Blvd.
Greenfield, IN 46140
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Description of session:

This Rain Garden workshop will provide additional information and instruction for those familiar with rain gardens, but who need more information to build with confidence.  In addition, the workshop will review the steps to start a rain garden program within a community.  

Topics will be:
  • Design and Construction of Rain Gardens – Understanding the regional climate, water flow and its relation to garden location, determining size and depth of a garden, preparing the soil and garden bed, finishing touches.
  • Planting Recommendations – Differentiating between native and non-native invasive plants; selecting native plants appropriate for the ecoregion of the garden, and plants that support the local biodiversity; planting techniques.
  • Rain Garden Maintenance – Care practices for the first year that will help ensure establishment of plants; annual maintenance recommendations to sustain the integrity of the garden.
  • Program Development for Promoting the Installation of Rain Gardens – Developing a program to create a greater awareness of what rain gardens are and to encourage their establishment

Time:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with break for lunch Noon-12:45 p.m.

Where: Buck Creek Fire Department Station 71
5809 W. Airport Blvd. Greenfield, IN 46140

Length of educational portion of session is 5.25 hours broken down as follows:
  • Design and Construction of Rain Gardens – 3 hours
  • Planting Recommendations –.5 hour
  • Rain Garden Maintenance - .5 hour
  • Program Development for Promoting the Installation of Rain Gardens – 1.25 hours

Instructor name and qualifications:
Rusty Schmidt is a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist with 16 years of natural resource experience at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and as a private consultant.  He currently operates his business, Waterdrop Design Consulting, from his home in New York City.  Rusty specializes in managing stormwater runoff in environmentally conscious ways.  He has designed habitat restorations, rain gardens, bio-infiltration swales, bio-retention basins and stormwater ponds.  His projects have ranged from small backyard rain gardens to a 500-foot long rain garden for a commercial property.   He holds a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry and a B.A. degree in Art from the University of Minnesota at Duluth.