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.
You’ll find information about watersheds and a specific watershed, in the following video presentations. Each one takes less than 10 minutes.
Best Management Practices For Oakland Mills
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
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.
For registration and information about the NEXT WSA class, please
WSA Partnership Engages Students in Environmental Stewardship
WSA representatives will provide volunteers and support school efforts to apply for and maintain Green School designation. WSA will also offer professional learning sessions or consultations for teachers on storm water management and related topics. For more information read the HCPSS Press release.
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Requests for Individual Property and Neighborhood stormwater Assessments are closed between November 15th and March 1st, due to Winter weather conditions. If you have made a request in the past and not been contacted, please
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