Rain Garden Workshop scheduled

Rusty Schmidt, landscape ecologist, is coming back to Jasper on Tuesday, April 9, to present a hands-on Rain Garden Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus in the Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing Theatre. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m.

The free workshop is hosted by the Middle Patoka River Watershed, and the Dubois and Pike County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Schmidt will focus on existing rain gardens and how to judge their health, and how to do annual maintenance.
Part of the workshop will be outdoors, assessing and performing light maintenance on the campus rain garden.
The workshop is for homeowners, gardeners, master naturalists, conservation and landscape professionals, master gardeners and anyone interested in growing plants while improving water quality.

Schmidt is with Nelson Pope & Voorhis in Melville, New York. He is an adjunct professor at Farmingdale State University and co-author of The Blue Thumb Guide to Rain Gardens. Copies of this book, lunch and handouts will be provided to workshop attendees at no cost.

The workshop is free, but preregistration must be made by Tuesday, April 2. Register online at www.mpwraingardenworkshop.eventbrite.com or by contacting the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District at 812-482-1171, ext. 3.

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