June 6, 2020 – June 7, 2020 all-day
Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds
5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road
Ann Arbor
MI 48103
Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor
(734) 996-0100

Come learn about rain gardens at the Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show — June 6 and 7 (CANCELED)
Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm, Booth C51.

Rain gardens are beautiful landscaping features that capture, hold and soak in runoff from storms. They are specifically designed for areas where rain water habitually pools or to which it is deliberately channeled. Their loose, deep soils and deep-rooted native plants absorb water and filter pollutants. Rain gardens keep our rivers, lakes and streams clean.


Saturday, 1pm, Plant A Rain Garden – Keep our Rivers Clean, One Garden at a Time
We’ll talk about the benefits of Rain Gardens and how to build and plant one. You don’t need any special equipment – just a yard, a spade, compost and a few plants.  Bring your questions. Take the information home and start your own! Featuring Susan Bryan, Rain Garden Coordinator for the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office.

Sunday, 12pm, Beautiful to Wildlife, Beautiful to People: Landscaping with Native Plants to Support Nature
Landscaping with native plants is critical to build habitat, reduce resource inputs, and build healthy outdoor living areas. Learn why only native plants can do this and some design tips to make your native landscape beautiful as well. Featuring Drew Lathin, owner Creating Sustainable Landscapes.

Can’t make the talks? Stop by Booth C51 to ask the experts! Catie Wytychek, from the Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program and Drew Lathin of Creating Sustainable Landscapes will share some “deep-rooted” tips and resources on site and plant selection, garden layout, installation, and maintenance. You can take home some native plant seeds. And we’ll have special information for lake front property owners.

Check out a recent radio interview with Lucy Ann Lance about the benefits of rain gardens featuring Susan and Roger Moon, a certified Master Rain Gardener. Dates mentioned in the interview for the HGL show have changed of course.

Ask Our Experts:
Saturday, 12:30-4:00 pm, Catie Wytychek, Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program Coordinator
Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Drew Lathin, Owner, Creating Sustainable Landscapes

Admission is $5, children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. For FREE tickets from HRWC contact Pam Labadie.