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May 5, 2014

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Whallonsburg Grange to host ‘Creating a Rain Garden’ workshop

WHALLONSBURG —The Whallonsburg Grange will host a workshop entitled “Creating a Rain Garden” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.

A rain garden is like a bowl or basin in your yard that captures rainwater and allows it to soak into the soil instead of draining into local watersheds, according to a press release.

The workshop will include a brief introduction to water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin, followed by a visual tour of innovative solutions to stormwater pollution; a step-by-step guide to building your own rain garden; and a discussion of soil types and plant selection. A $5 donation is suggested.

The workshop will be led by Amanda Cording, a Ph.D. candidate at UVM, researching nutrient and sediment retention in rain gardens.

The grange is at 1610 N.Y.S. Route 22 at the corner of Whallons Bay Road.

For information, visit www.thegrangehall.info or call 963-4170.

Kent-Delord Garden Club plans Raffle Fundraiser and Plant Exchange

PLATTSBURGH — The Kent-Delord House Museum’s Garden Club is holding its Bloomin’ Raffle Fundraiser and Plant Exchange.

Six gardeners will win cash gift certificates to Cook & Gardener, located on Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh.

Tickets are available now from Cook & Gardener, Ultrawave Salon and Garden Club members.

Cost is $1 per ticket or six for $5.

Winners will be drawn Saturday, May 17, at the Plant Exchange, Kent-Delord House Museum Barn, 17 Cumberland Ave., Plattsburgh.

Bring your potted, bagged or rooted perennials from your garden to share with another gardener’s plants from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Plants will be available from 10:30 to 11 a.m. if you don’t have any to trade; donations are appreciated.

Also, the annual Secret Gardens Tour will be held this year Saturday, July 12.

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