Rain garden workshop to be held in Washougal

Free session is set for April 2

Building a rain garden will be the topic of an upcoming workshop.

The session, taught by Jamie Stamberger, will be held Saturday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m., in the Washougal Community Library, 1661 “C” St. There is no cost to attend, and pre-registration is not necessary.

Rain gardens are bowl-shaped flower beds that capture and soak in rain runoff from roofs and driveways. They keep polluted runoff from rushing off to local waterways where it could cause erosion and flooding.

Rain gardens use low-maintenance native plants and are designed to dry up in 24 hours or less. They do not hold water.

Rain gardens are usually not suitable for very steep yards or homes with severe drainage problems.

Stamberger will teach the basics of plant and safe site selection, sizing, design, construction and maintenance. She will also take workshop attendees on a tour of an on-site rain garden to see the practices in action.

The workshop is presented by WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners and Clark County Environmental Services. For more information visit http://ext100.wsu.edu/clark/2016/01/19/4-2-2016-build-a-rain-garden/ or contact Erika Johnson at 397-6060, Ext. 5738 or Erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu.