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Published: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Learn tricks for your garden in free classes

Our biggest Northwest natural resource -- rain -- can go to work in your garden to benefit your landscape, better the environment and sustain wildlife. It's free and so's this series of workshops and tours.
The first event is a Rain Garden Design workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Legion Hall in Everett.
A rain garden owner and expert will talk about creating and maintaining a rain garden in your own yard.
A rain garden is just a shallow depression planted with native plants and grasses and strategically placed near a runoff source such as a downspout or driveway.
There are a number of ways to put the rain to work, such as bog gardens, rain barrels, soil amendments, terraces and splash blocks.
The Gardening With a Purpose workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 offers ideas to beautify your yard and help the environment at the same time.
This one is also at Legion Hall, 145 Alverson Blvd. Registration is required by calling the WSU Extension, 425-357-6010, or emailing MG.Help@wsu.edu.
You can also visit seven rain gardens in Everett's Northwest Neighborhood on a walking tour from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 10. You may see these rain gardens in action, so dress for the weather.
Meet at Whittier Elementary School Library, 916 Oakes Ave., Everett. For more information or to register call the WSU Extension, 425-357-6010, or email MG.Help@wsu.edu.
The city of Everett along with the Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County Washington State University Extension, Stewardship Partners and People for Puget Sound team up to bring you these free events.
Herald staff
Story tags » ConservationGardeningRain

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