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FREE Rain Garden and Native Plant Workshops

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Every year, the staff at East Multnomah County Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) provide FREE rain garden and nature education classes across Portland. From the EMSWCD website:

Perfect for all levels of do-it-yourselfers, our FREE workshops highlight landscaping with native plants, water conservation, creative stormwater solutions and chemical-free gardening techniques that are good for people, water and wildlife. Most include a field trip to a neighborhood project or garden to see these principals in action.

This year Environmental Services and the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association will host a series of these workshops for residents of neighborhoods where managing stormwater on private property is an important part of current sewer rehabilitation projects.  

Rain Gardens 101 | Saturday, March 12 | 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main

Registration Required

Rain Gardens 101 | Saturday, March 26 | 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Hollywood Senior Center, 3534 SE Main

Registration Required

Learn how to build your own rain garden! Explore how rain gardens can benefit urban stream restoration and add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time. Learn how to choose the right spot, size and plants for your rain garden. The workshop includes a manual that guides you through all the rain garden construction steps. 

 Urban Weeds Workshop | Tuesday, March 22 | 6:00 – 8:30PM

 Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main

 Registration Required

 Weeds – we all have them! Learn how to identify the most common garden weeds and other notorious plant invaders. We’ll show you how some of these aggressive plants can take over in your yard  and how you can get the upper hand.

Native Plant Workshop | Saturday, April 2 | 9:00AM – 11:30AM

Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main

Registration Required

Find out about the many benefits of gardening with native plants! Learn which native ground covers, shrubs and trees and how to plant them..


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Jillian Wieseneck

June 14, 2020 at 11:52 AM

Hi do you have an online rain garden workshop coming up or a recording of one I can access?

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