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Plant Swap and Rain Garden Workshop

Interested in learning more about the care and maintenance of rain gardens? Join us on Saturday, October 19th for an afternoon workshop perfect for Bay-Wise Master Gardeners, Master Watershed Stewards, and Columbia homeowners with a rain garden or those thinking about installing one. We will cover a refresher on Rain Gardens 101, how to choose the best plants for your site, and where to find further resources.

A rain garden plant swap will follow the workshop. If your rain garden needs replacement plants, come to pick a few new ones at no cost. If you have a thriving rain garden with plants that need to be thinned or separated, this is a chance to share those plants with others. A Master Gardeners Plant Clinic will be on hand to answer your questions.

Both events will take place at the

  • Owen Brown Community Center
  • 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD
  • Rain or Shine.

The workshop will run from 1 PM – 3 PM and the plant swap from 3 PM to 4 PM.

Registration for the workshop is $5 per person and the plant swap is free to take part in. If you would like to attend both, choose one of each ticket types when you register.

Register at

For more information on the workshop, contact Kelly MacBride-Gill at

For more information on the plant swap, contact

The Plant Swap and Rain Garden Workshop is offered in partnership by Maryland Sea Grant, the University of Maryland Extension and the Columbia Association.

Village Actions/OM


You’ll find information about watersheds and a specific watershed, in the following video presentations.  Each one takes less than 10 minutes.


Part 1 of 2

Best Management Practices For Oakland Mills

Part 2 of 2

Supplemental Information

While the supplemental Part A is a PDF file, Parts B, C, and D are specially created PowerPoint files. The supplemental information is not narrated. Instead, this information is presented so that you can go through it at your own pace, (with your Space Bar) make notes, or download it for reference if you desire.

Again, be sure to close the window or tab when the presentation ends to return to this window.

Landscaping for Water Quality – Part A

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Rain Gardens – Part B

Rain Gardens – Part C

Rain Barrels – Part D

Master Gardeners’ On-Site Bay-Wise Consultations

[NOTE: The Master Gardeners are experiencing a large volume of requests; they ask for your patience and will arrange a consultation for you as soon as possible.]

Homeowners may request an on-site evaluation of their property by a team of Howard County Master Gardeners and receive advice on dealing with concerns such as storm water management, erosion, Integrated Pest Management, composting and inclusion of native plants in the landscape. The consultations are offered at no charge and can be initiated by completing a Homeowner Consultation Request Form.