Rain Garden Workshop at Vernon Park

In case you missed this great opporrtunity. On May 19th at Vernon Park, Green Machine hosted a Rain Garden Workshop. The great Lori Hayes was our presenter and she did an awesome job. Thank you to Lori Hayes, friends of Vernon Park and TTF for helping us organize this event.

The Rain Garden at Vernon park was installed last year just in time for Love your Park Fall or better known as Fall for your park. The project was completed by PWD (Philadelphia Water Department), TTF (Tookany Tacony Frankford Watershed Organization) and AKRF (a consulting company that handled the actual installation of the rain garden). We thank those groups for a job well done.

Lori began with a thrilling introduction of philadelphias watersheds and moved right into the wild life that comes along with installing a rain garden with native plants as well as the benefits of these native creatures for our parks. Lori even brought some of her own examples of plants that would attract desired wildlife as well as some books and notes from her research to share with the crowd.

Luckily it was a beautiful day on Saturday so Lori was able to take the group on a walking workshop tour of the rain garden. We discussed the mechanics that went into the design and how one could create a rain garden on their own property. There was even discussion on green roofs and rain barrels for all of you that are interested in sustainability.

The workshop ran for about an hour. Once the workshop ended we were able to stand around under Vernon Parks gorgeous tree canopy and have some tea while we discussed everything under the sun. All in all it was a great day to enjoy Vernon parks rain garden and a terrific workshop by Lori Hayes. If you were unable to make it  i hope you will join us for our next workshop entitled “Herbs”. Thank you all for your participation. See below for more details on our next workshop.

June 30, 2012     Mifflin Square   “Herbs”               Doris Stahl

11:30am – 12:30pm

6th St. and Wolf Philadelphia, 19148


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