Conservation Landscaping Training and Demonstration Garden Installation
Join the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the Muddy Branch Alliance, the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB), and friends of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) for a classroom training and hands-on demonstration of proper conservation landscape installation. The City of Gaithersburg will also be on hand with resource information.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
IWLA headquarters, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
About the Workshop
Homeowners can learn how to manage stormwater runoff from their homes utilizing conservation landscaping techniques. These landscape features, which include native plants and a substantial mulch layer, can effectively collect and treat stormwater and reduce localized flooding.
To effectively manage stormwater, conservation landscapes must be accurately sized and properly constructed. In addition to a lecture portion and hands on installation, this 1-day workshop will present a design segment for sizing and designing a garden and detail proper construction techniques for homeowners.
As a result of this training you will:
- Understand why stormwater needs to be managed;
- Understand the principles of conservation landscape garden location, design, construction and maintenance;
- Be able to select appropriate vegetation;
- Select and use design templates, build and plant a conservation landscape garden; and
- Help to install a demonstration garden in a public place that may help other homeowners decide to utilize this residential stormwater management tool on their own property.
The workshop will include a 3-hour lecture with hands-on design component and after lunch, participants will install a conservation landscape garden on the IWLA property. This is a full day course. Lunch will be provided, but please bring plenty of water for the day. Please wear appropriate work clothes and no open-toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves. Participants should also dress accordingly for the weather (this event will take place RAIN or SHINE unless severe weather threatens the safety of participants). Note – if garden installation portion is disrupted by weather, the garden will be installed on Sunday, October 23.
How do I Register?
You may register via the Muddy Branch Alliance website at www.muddybranch.org.
Registration will be on a first come, first served basis, and will be limited to 20 participants.
Is there a Fee?
No fee is charged for this workshop.
For specific information about the City of Gaithersburg’s environmental incentives, including rebates for the installation of rain barrels and conservation landscaping, please visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/environment or call 301-258-6330. For more information on conservation landscaping in Montgomery County, visit www.rainscapes.org.