Friday, August 27, 2010

Rain Garden Certification Workshop, Sept 29-30 in Asheville

Rain Garden Certification workshops will be offered by NC State University Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering and NC Cooperative Extension. This certification is awarded by NC State University Cooperative Extension. 8 C.E.U.s are approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects for this 1.5 day workshop (Course # 6379).

About the workshop: As homeowners and property managers become more aware of the issues of stormwater management many of them are choosing to manage the runoff from their homes and businesses with rain gardens. Rain gardens are shallow depression landscape features that can effectively collect and treat stormwater and reduce localized flooding. Rain gardens can be integrated into the existing landscape as a retrofit or be included in the initial landscaping plan. To effectively manage stormwater, rain gardens must be accurately sized and properly constructed. This workshop will present a simple method for sizing and designing rain gardens and detail proper construction techniques. As a result of this training you will:

* Understand why stormwater needs to be managed,
* Understand the principles of rain garden location, design, construction and maintenance,
* Be able to select appropriate vegetation,
* Tour several local rain gardens, and
* Be eligible to take a test at the conclusion of the training to be certified in rain garden design and construction

Workshop Dates/Locations:

September 29-30, 2010 Asheville, NC
October 12-13, 2010 Holly Springs, NC
October 18-19, 2010 Winston-Salem, NC
November 10-11, 2010 Mt. Holly, NC

To view an Agenda and to REGISTER ONLINE, please visit our website at:

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.