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Wildcat Glades offers ‘Rain Garden & Rain Barrel’ workshop

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It may not be the most attractive array, but rain barrels can be interconnected to store rain water when it's available.

It may not be the most attractive array, but rain barrels can be interconnected to store rain water when it’s available.

It may not seem necessary in a week when the rain seems to fall every other day or so, but this is the Ozarks, where the winters can be mild and the weather extremely nice or nasty, wet or dry, hot, cold and changing Old-timers will tell you that by the time summer arrives, we’re a week away from the next drought.

Rain barrels can be stacked on their side vertically to store rain water coming off your roof.

Rain barrels can be stacked on their side vertically to store rain water coming off your roof.

So water conservation and storage is always a wise strategy, and Wildcat Glades Audubon Center has some suggestions to offer during a Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Workshop from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. Cost is $6 per person for members, or $12 per person non-members. Participants must be at least 12 years old.

Adding native plantings in a rain garden will create habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, as well as help to reduce flooding and sediment and other pollutants harmful to local streams.

Rain barrels are another feature you can install that can help our local streams. You’ll learn how to install a rain garden and rain barrel, what plants to select and how they benefit wildlife. Bring photos or maps of your yard if you’d like, and your questions.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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