Rain Gardens in Your Backyard!

Rain Garden
Rain Garden
Posted April 02, 2013, at 1:25 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.


On Tuesday April 9th at 6:30 pm Rebecca Jacobs from the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District will present a slide show and talk on “Rain Gardens” in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Fee Library. This program is the last in the series of three evening presentations co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club and the Belfast Free Library on the topic “Water in the Home Landscape for Beauty and Conservation.”

Rain gardens are shallow gardens which contain flowering plants and grasses that can survive in soil soaked with water from rainstorms. They help reduce the rapid flow of storm water, and thus protect lakes and other bodies of water from pollutants washed from roofs and paved areas. They are not permanent ponds, but act as filters and temporary holding areas for the infiltration of storm water into the soil, while providing attractive landscaping and increased habitat for butterflies, birds and beneficial insects. Our speaker Rebecca Jacobs will discuss how to design, choose the best plants for and maintain a rain garden in your own landscape.

Rebecca Jacobs comes to Knox-Lincoln SWCD with a wide range of experience in the field of conservation. Moving to Maine in 2006, Jacobs was able to share her love of horticulture and “all things outdoors” in her role as education coordinator for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Since that time she has moved on dividing her time professionally with her own business in landscape design and horticultural services, Gabriella’s Gardens, and as education/outreach coordinator for Knox-Lincoln SWCD.

Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High Street, Belfast. The talk is free and the public is encouraged to attend, light refreshments will be served. The Belfast Garden Club is committed to promoting both beauty and the conservation of our natural resources in public spaces and home gardens. Please join us for the final program of the water series on the topic of Rain Gardens on April 9. For more information contact Ann Mullen, 207-338-9125 or www.belfastgardenclub.org, or the Belfast Free Library at 338-3884 ext.10.