A unique opportunity to learn how to design and build rain gardens from the leading expert in North America.
A 2-day training and workshop, 27-28 October 2016 (Thursday and Friday)
10am - 5pm on Thursday and 9am - 3pm on Friday
Held at the beautiful Camp Kawartha Environment Centre at Trent University, this 2-day training and design workshop is geared towards conservation professionals, landscape professionals, gardeners, master gardeners and stormwater engineers who want to understand how to design and build rain gardens and how their plants and roots work to soak up runoff and reduce flood risk.
Ticket to the event includes:
The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens, Design and Installation Guide.
Lunches and refreshment breaks.
An opportunity to bring a site plan and get feedback from the expert.
- An opportunity to experience a unique sustainable strawbale building with rain-harvesting.
Note: please arrange for your own transportation and accommomdation to attend the event.
The interactive two-day workshop will include an instructional component and hands-on activities, where participants will work in small groups to design their own rain gardens and share ideas.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
The problems with urban runoff and green infrastructure solutions
How rain gardens work
How to design and build your own rain garden
Soil type and plant selection
Monitoring and maintenance
Rain gardens are bowl-shaped gardens of native plants designed to infiltrate rainwater that comes off of roofs, roads, and driveways. Urban runoff and flooding are becoming increasingly important issues in our cities, and rain gardens are beautiful and simple solutions – reducing flood risk, filtering pollution, and managing rain where it falls.
Rusty Schmidt is a landscape architect and avid ecologist with 20 years of experiencing designing and building more than 1000 rain gardens. Mr. Schmidt has also assisted in the design of community-wide raingarden programs, such as the 10,000 Rain Garden Initiative in Kansas City, and the Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb Programs in Minnesota. Mr. Schmidt is a co-author of three books on plant selections.
For more information about the venue, such as parking and directions to get there, please visit:
How to prepare for the event?
It is very important that you bring a few things to get the most out of the design workshop on the second day. These should include:
Photos of your potential rain garden site and near-by drainage features
Site plan sketch or google aerial view of property with downspouts and drainage patterns marked with arrows
- Measurements of your building and lot areas on the site plan sketch
Materials for sketching garden plans (sketch paper, pencils, rulers, etc.)
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre
2505 Pioneer Road
RAIN Community Solutions
RAIN Community Solutions is a service of Green Communities Canada and its member organizations. We build support for and participation in stormwater innovations that reduce runoff by managing rain where it falls.