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Greening our Lawns with Rain Gardens

June 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Greening our Lawns with Rain Gardens

Kate Keppen, Watershed Coordinator from the Berks County Conservation District

It is hard to imagine, but your green thumb could be greener!  If you are looking to become more environmentally friendly and enjoy gardening, then a rain garden maybe for you.  A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious areas (like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawns), the opportunity to be absorbed. This  allows  water to soak into the ground rather than flowing towards storm drains and nearby streams. 

By allowing water the chance to be absorbed into the ground, you are preventing water pollution in your community! For example, when water flows over our driveways and roads, the water can pick up various types of pollutants (such as dirt, motor oils, and other chemicals).  Rain gardens can slow the rate at which the water is traveling and the plants in the garden will help with the absorption process. Also, rain gardens can be designed for specific sizes, soils and climates!

Learn rain garden function, design and techniques from Kate Keppen, Watershed Coordinator from the Berks County Conservation District, as she shows the versatility and the sustainability that is possible with rain gardens

Hope you can join us! After the meeting, please plan to stick around and chat with friends old and new. And we’re always interested in your ideas for MAREA speakers, activities and services. Light snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

For questions, contact Vera Cole, <a>[masked]</a> or [masked].

Free DVD with MAREA membership  While supplies last, all new and renewing MAREA members will receive a free copy of “Saving Sunshine, Keeping the Lights on with Batteries and Solar Power,” the 30-minute DVD produced by MAREA this year with funding from the Berks Community Foundation and distributed by Bullfrog Films. It’s terrific film, offering an interesting and easily understood explanation of the electricity grid and distribution generation, especially the role of batteries with solar. MAREA is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations and memberships are how we keep the lights on. You can join at the meeting or anytime online. Thanks for your help. 


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