MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — Understanding how rain gardens function, as well as how to design, install and maintain rain gardens, will be the focus of an upcoming Introduction to Rain Gardens Workshop, hosted by the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission and University of Illinois Extension.

This workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Jackson County Extension office, 402 Ava Road, Murphysboro.

Rain gardens are an effective way to capture excess rainfall and, as a result, improve downstream water quality and recharge groundwater. They also absorb more water than lawns while providing habitat for pollinators and wildlife.

Learn how to choose the proper site for a rain garden, what plants to use and how to maintain the planting. Indoor educational sessions will be followed by an outdoor hands-on rain garden installation. Participants are invited to bring garden tools and gloves and to dress for gardening.

Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch, a rain garden manual and other educational materials. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants. Register online at https://go.illinois.edu/raingarden2019.

Funding for this project provided, in part, by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act.

Contact Brenda Hileman for more information at 618-833-6363, or hileman@illinois.edu.

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