Rain Barrels to Rain Gardens Public Workshop @ Burien Library

The Environmental Science Center (ESC) and Stewardship Partners with support from the City of Burien and King Conservation District are sponsoring a free workshop for the public. The subject will be Rain Barrels to Rain Gardens: Rainwater Strategies to Enhance Your Yard. Please join us in the Multipurpose Room at the Burien Library on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This workshop is a continuation of March’s workshop on low-impact development in your own yard. Marilyn Jacobs from Rain Dog Designs will be speaking on ways to create a more environmentally- friendly and cost-effective yard. Learn how to convert your bog into a beautiful garden by using native plants and well-draining soil. Participants in this workshop who answer a short survey will receive a free thank you gift and can be part of a drawing for a larger prize.

Practicing sustainable yard care can be beneficial not only to the environment, but also to your pocketbook. Simple practices such as using natural pesticides and organic fertilizer from yard waste help protect waterways from being polluted with toxic chemicals. Keeping our watershed healthy ensures the longevity of resources such as salmon and drinking water. Correctly managing stormwater runoff on your property prevents unwanted elements from polluting Puget Sound. Also, by using native plants in landscaping, you ensure that wildlife such as butterflies and birds have the natural habitat on which they depend.

Please email outreach@envsciencenter.org or call 206-248-4266 to reserve your spot. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Jennifer Dumlao, Environmental Science Center at 206-248-4266 or via email at Outreach@EnvScienceCenter.org

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