Rain Garden within new native landscape at County Fairgrounds

The LaPorte County SWCD, together with tremendous assistance from Saugany Lake Conservation Club, has recently transformed of portion of the grounds of the Conservation Building over at the County Fairgrounds.  The plan calls for a native prairie garden demonstrating low irrigation and no-fertilizer requiremenets, a woodland wildlife zone, a bird-friendly garden including plantings for pheasants, rain barrels and a rain garden.

Thanks to the hands-on help of Westville High School students, to the indefatigable Don Lode and his friends from Saugany Lake, and to Myrna Harder – our champion District Supervisor – we’ve already completed our Rain Garden.  Wondering what IS a rain garden?  The Missouri Botanical Garden explains it succinctly - rain gardens are miniature natural watersheds. Rain Gardens slow down, capture and absorb water using elements similar to those in nature: plants, rocks, shallow swales and depressions that hold water temporarily rather than let it quickly run away. By containing the rainfall on site, runoff during heavy rains is less likely to end up in our streams and rivers, or Lake Michigan, or within the Mississippi River.  Come see how this rain garden at the County Fair effectively and beautifully absorbs 1/4 of the building’s runoff; then be sure to thank Don Lode for all he’s done for local conservation.

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