Rain gardens are landscaped depressions designed with soils and a variety of plants to receive and
treat rainfall from rooftops, driveways, and other impervious surfaces. They help to beautify
landscapes, reduce localized flooding, and prevent polluted urban stormwater runoff.
Workshop begins at the Tele-classroom in Building 101,
Springfield Technology Park, 1 Federal St., Springfield
Landscape Architect Tom Benjamin and Ecological Designer Keith Zaltzberg will
cover rain garden design and construction through a hands-on workshop where
participants will gain insights and inspiration for building their own rain gardens.
Training includes installation of plants for the new Gardening the Community rain
garden at Walnut and James Streets in Springfield.
This workshop is part of the Springfield Rain Gardens Program, a Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission project with the Regenerative Design Group, and is funded by a
settlement agreement reached by Clean Water Action, a non-profit citizens’ group.