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Rain gardens are becoming a great ecologically friendly addition to any landscape. The features can be as simple as a pocket garden or a more elaborate garden that requires some engineering in design. This garden feature is used to capture or slow down stormwater runoff and allow this water to effectively soak into the ground and help to recharge the aquifers beneath the surface instead of running into nearby streams, loaded with sediment and pollutants, thus causing negative impacts in our streams. The proper location and right design elements are very important parts of using rain gardens in residential landscapes as well as commercial properties. This presentation will provide participants some of the tools needed to help them sell rain gardens to their customers.
1. Participants will learn the basics of sizing and locating a residential rain garden.
2. Learn the purpose and use of a rain garden.
3. Learn how to properly select plants for rain gardens.
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Cliff Ruth is Field Faculty Emeritus from NC State University where he spent 25 years as an Area Extension Agent developing and delivering certification programs for Green Industry Professionals in the greater Asheville Metropolitan area of North Carolina. He holds a B.S. degree from Mars Hill University and a M.Ag Horticulture degree from NC State University. His expertise includes Integrated Pest Management; Rain Garden and Stormwater Management; and Plant Identification and Use.