A two-day training session is set for landscape architects, designers, installers, and maintenance technicians who want to learn more about rain gardens and low-impact development.
The workshops are in Olympia 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jan. 29-30.This professional-level training will cover site selection, design, soils and compost, new regulations, plant design and selection, costs, maintenance, and more.
Attendees will be listed on both WSU and 12000raingardens.org websites as resources for local landowners to call on for their rain garden needs. Continuing education credits and limited scholarships are also available (priority to early registrants), as well as discounts for colleagues who register together.
The demand for properly installed rain gardens is growing, creating a new niche and business opportunity for those with adequate training. State and local regulations are, or will soon be, requiring low impact development on new construction and several are offering incentives for retrofit projects.To register see http://www.12000raingardens.org/get-involved/events/. For more information, call WSU Extension's water resources program at (360) 867-2166 or Philomena Kedziorski (425) 357-6037.