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Sales of native plants scheduled to encourage more city rain gardens

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 7:11 am

To help encourage Fort Wayne residents to install rain gardens, City Utilities will partner with Riverview Nursery to offer two sales of native perennial plants suited for use in a rain garden.

Plant sales will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road; and 3-7 p.m. June 13 at the Camp Scott Wetlands, 3615 Oxford St.

To make plant selection easier, Riverview Nursery also will offer pre-assembled rain garden kits containing the plants needed for a 60-square-foot rain garden, a news release said.

Native plants are recommended for rain garden planting because their root systems break up soil, allowing water to soak into the ground, the news release said. The plants also provide nectar, food and habitat for insect, birds and wildlife native to this area.

People who would like to learn how to build a rain garden also can attend an upcoming workshop:

*10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 1, Georgetown branch library, 6600 E. State Blvd.

*6-9 p.m. June 6, Citizens Square Omni Room, Room 45, 200 E. Berry St.

Fort Wayne residents are eligible to apply for a cash incentive to help with the cost of installing a rain garden. For more information or to register for a workshop, call 427-1381.

Information about rain gardens also can be found at www.CatchingRainFW.org.