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May 7, 2021
By Tracy CourageU of A System Division of Agriculture
(306 words)(Newsrooms: with additional art available at https://bit.ly/3h9drgd)
LITTLE ROCK — Many homeowners and backyard gardeners are finding that do-it-yourself
rain gardens are the perfect addition to their yards because they are not only attractive
but also good for the environment.
“They are an all-star landscape feature that can not only beautify a landscape but
also improve water quality and water conservation,” John Pennington, extension water
quality instructor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,
said. “Rain gardens capture runoff and allow it to filter into the ground, reducing
stormwater runoff that often causes flooding and pollutes streams and lakes.”Pennington will host a free webinar on rain gardening on May 18, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (CST). Participation is free, but registration is required.
Learn more about rain gardens at https://uaex.uada.edu/raingarden. The webinar is designed for homeowners, gardeners, community volunteers and anyone
interested in rain gardens. Pennington will explain the particulars of rain garden
how-to’s. Berni Kurz, extension horticulture specialist for the Division of Agriculture,
will discuss plants that are best suited for rain gardens and considerations for placement.
Native plants, grasses and shrubs all provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies
and other beneficial wildlife.How they workRain gardens are bowl-shaped landscaped depressions that collect runoff from a roof,
paved area or yard. The design of the landscape feature reduces and filters stormwater
The rain garden’s flat bottom distributes rainwater evenly across the planted area.
Topsoil, mixed with compost and sand, allows the water to slowly soak into the ground
within a few days so water is not standing and breeding mosquitoes.
For detailed information about how to build a rain garden and a list of suitable native
plants, download Extension’s fact sheet FSA9533 — “Rain Gardens and Stormwater” —
The webinar is part of an Expanding Green Infrastructure grant funded by the Arkansas
Division of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media contact:Tracy CourageDirector, Communications ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com