Learn about river-friendly gardening: Rain gardens and native plantings to protect water quality

CarletonGardenThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership and Carleton College invite the public to join Nancy Braker, Director of the Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, on a guided walking tour of the “river friendly gardens” that exist both in and around Carleton.

The tour will begin with a Carleton rain garden and move into the surrounding neighborhood to explore a private rain garden and a several boulevards with alternative plantings.

Participants will learn how native plantings filter and absorb runoff, attract birds and butterflies, and add color and variety to green spaces.

When: Tuesday, August 30th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Departs from the parking lot for Carleton College’s Memorial Hall, at the intersection of 1st Street East and Nevada Street

Free and open to the public.

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  1. I put in a rain garden about 5 years ago after we moved into our new home. I think our house was built on a spring, because the sump pump runs several times each day, even in the winter. Also, the soil there is all clay, so it doesn’t absorb much water. I should have just turned the whole back yard into one. I still have some soggy areas next to it. As soon as my son gets some time to come down, we are going to enlage it and add a couple willows. They really take up water.

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