Downers Grove to host rain garden workshop, virtual rain garden tour

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 2:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 2:53 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The Village of Downers Grove and the Conservation Foundation are teaming up to provide information to residents about the benefits of installing a rain garden on their property.

Jim Kleinwachter from the Conservation Foundation will discuss in detail the steps to install a rain garden at home, from planning the project to planting. Local organizations also will be on hand to discuss environmentally sustainable projects they have completed. The workshop is at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Village Hall. Exhibit space will be open before and after the presentations.

The village also is hosting a “Virtual Rain Garden Walk.” Eight Downers Grove residents opened their properties to staff for pictures of their rain gardens late last summer.

The photos, along with information on each project, will be posted to the village’s Facebook page. One garden will be featured every week until March 20, the first day of spring. This effort is being used to promote participation in the village’s stormwater utility incentive system, as well as the Feb. 25 rain garden workshop.

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