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Rain Garden Workshop - May 6, 2008


Rain Garden Workshop

May 6, 2008, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lancaster County Extension Office
444 Cherry Creek Road
Lincoln, NE

This is a technical training session on rain garden basics. Information will be presented on how to design, install, and plant homeowner rain gardens and rain gardens for bio-retention and bio-infiltration on a commercial scale. This workshop will contain two parts.

More Information and Registration Form (27 K) Acrobat Document

PART A

Description: Are you interested in installing a rain garden on your property, but you don’t know where to start? This workshop will take you through all the steps from planning, design, implementation, and maintenance. Participants will receive all of the information required to design and build a residential sized rain garden. This presentation is dedicated on showing how to make it simple and yet have a high success rate for a functional residential rain garden.

Topics Discussed: Rain garden definition, how they work, case studies on rain garden importance, basics of design, installation, plants, aesthetics and maintenance concerns.

Who Should Attend: Master gardeners, landscape designers, landscapers, horticulturalists, City staff and those interested in building a residential rain garden.

Time: 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

PART B

Description: An in-depth training on how to meet stormwater volume controls and water quality using bio-retention, bioinfiltration and other techniques. We will take you through the design process, step-by-step, from site layout to design specifications. This seminar will qualify for 5.0 PDH's.

Topics Discussed: Design for water volume control, introduction to volume control and infiltration, soil characteristics, rain garden sizing, watersheds, plant selection, site pre-treatment, inlets and curb-cuts, energy dissipation, aesthetics, construction and installation, monitoring, and maintenance.

Who Should Attend: Design Engineers, City Engineers, Landscape Architects and Municipal Staff responsible for creating, reviewing, or inspecting stormwater management systems.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Includes 1 hour break, lunch not provided.

NOTE: A car pool tour of several rain gardens will occur for interested registrants. The tour will be organized for the evening of May 6. More details will be made available at the workshop.

This program is endorsed by: American Society of Landscape Architects - Great Plains

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