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Naturescaping and Rain Gardens Wokshops a Success


More than 60 area residents participated in East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District’s October workshops on Naturescaping & Rain Gardens, sponsored by Environmental Services and held at the Southeast Uplift office.

Over coffee and snacks, participants learned firsthand from skilled landscape design professionals about how to prepare for projects on their property. Workshops covered basic site planning principles, interactive site selection for rain gardens, background on selecting native plants, tools for evaluating soil and removing sod, maintenance tips, and a field trip to a model naturescaping and rain garden project on the SE Uplift campus.

If you’re interested in participating in future workshops, go to the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website for more information. There are a few November classes remaining and there will be more classes in spring.

If you can’t attend a workshop, you can take advantage of basic tips on both Naturescaping and Rain Gardens. And if you manage stormwater on your property with a rain garden, you may be eligible for up to 100% off your on-site stormwater charge through Clean River Rewards.

Instructor Lora Price helps participants choose the best site for a rain garden.

Participants learn about appropriate plants, like the Red Twig Dogwood


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