NAPPANEE Rain garden expert, author to be featured at upcoming workshop

Rain garden guru Rusty Schmidt will be in Nappanee on Oct. 21 for a workshop sponsored by the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Posted on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 8, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

NAPPANEE — A landscape ecologist and author who has experience designing and maintaining hundreds of rain gardens will speak this month at a workshop about how plants can capture rainwater and slow runoff.

The Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a rain garden workshop and lunch Oct. 21 featuring Rusty Schmidt, author of “The Blue Thumb Guide to Rain Gardens.” The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Park Pavilion, 700 N. Nappanee St. The cost is $25 to participate.

The workshop is intended for homeowners, conservation professionals, landscapers, gardeners and anyone interested in improving the area’s streams, rivers and lakes. Schmidt will cover rain garden design and construction, planting recommendations and maintenance. Continuing education credits for landscape architects will be available pending approval.

To register call 312-0336 or email elkhartcountyswcd@gmail.com by Friday, Oct. 11. More information is available at stormwaterelkco.org.

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