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May Rain Garden Workshops

Residents can still learn how to plant a rain garden and how it can help soak up water on their property by attending a workshop this month. Two May workshops were added to the schedule.

For planning purposes, residents are asked to call 311 to register for the free workshops.

Rain Garden Workshops:

Thursday, May 7 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Omni Room at Citizens Square– Room 045
200 E. Berry Street

Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 AM – noon
Achatz Hall of Science, Room 206
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street.

A rain garden is a landscaped area that holds rain water runoff for a few hours to a few days. Rain gardens are planted with native plants that help the soil soak up more water. After a rain event, the water slowly soaks into the ground. The gardens help residents deal with drainage issues on their property, such as standing water, and help reduce the amount of runoff that goes into combined sewers, which improves water quality in our rivers.
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 at their home. The incentive is only available for those who attend a training session and fill out the application.