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Want to plant beautiful native species as habitat for birds and pollinators? Rain gardens are easy to install, low maintenance, look good year-round, and help prevent water pollution. These shallow depressions soak up stormwater and support trees, shrubs, and flowers that tolerate both wet and dry conditions. Best of all, the wildlife habitat they provide restores ecological balance to our landscapes.

This online workshop covers the basics of designing and installing rain gardens, including:

  • How to evaluate, amend, and prepare soil for rain gardens
  • How to calculate the right dimensions for a rain garden relative to its natural irrigation source
  • How to design, plant, and maintain rain gardens using native species

Take a visual tour of the rain garden planted at the Roy Latham Nature Center in Inlet Pond County Park and watch it blossom from its groundbreaking in 2017 through its third season last year.

About the Presenter: Robin Simmen is a landscape designer and environmental educator focused on native plants, sustainable horticulture, and water conservation. Formerly with Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Cornell Cooperative Extension, she holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a masters degree from Conway School of Landscape Design. She is currently a board member at North Fork Audubon Society where you can email her at rsimmen@northforkaudubon.org.

Creating a Rain Garden

A Zoom Presentation with Robin Simmen

Thursday, May 6, 2021 @ 7 p.m.

Click here to send an email to register for the webinar.

You will receive a link to the Zoom presentations prior to the workshops.
Co-sponsored by the North Fork Audubon Society and the North Fork Environmental Council