I Never Promised You a Rain Garden

As water focused as I am, it’s surprising, I know. I do not have a rain garden. We do, however, have some native plants that we placed in the wetter areas of our yard. Wait a minute… could it be we have an accidental rain garden?

And what is a rain garden, you may be wondering. According to the Rain Garden Network, a rain garden can mimic the natural absorption and pollutant removal activities of a forest, or a meadow or or a prairie and can absorb runoff more efficiently, sometimes as much as 30% – 40% more then a standard lawn. Capturing rainwater in a rain garden, holding the water for a short time and then slowly releasing it into the soil can reduce the rush of a large storm – quickly, neatly and naturally.

Okay, I don’t think our small patch of thirsty native plants qualifies, but it’s a start and now I’m really inspired to explore taking it to the next level. And what a great project for our little family.

If you live in the Chicago area, I recommend checking out Citizens for Conservation’s (CFC) program on rain gardens at the Barrington Area Library on Saturday, April 24.  You’ll learn how simple it is to create a rain garden. There will be photos of Barrington area rain gardens and you’ll also have the option of visiting a garden under construction at a nearby site. I really need to make this event!

The main program will be from 9:30 -10:30 A.M, followed by questions and answers.  There will be coffee (caffeine!) and information available at 9:00.  Please RSVP to the CFC office, 847-382-SAVE, if you plan to attend. Donations will be accepted.

More about CFC.

Mission: “Saving Living Space for Living Things” through protection, restoration and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources, and education.

CFC doesn’t just hold land; they actively restore it, putting back in place the full biodiversity that once covered northeast Illinois. A member of Chicago Wilderness, the IL Environmental Council, Healthier Barrington Project, the Chicago Region Land Conservation Coalition, the Flint Creek Watershed Partnership, and the Land Trust Alliance (LTA); they also meet the LTA Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.

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