Rain garden provides another exhibition at Homeplace

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Homeplace on Green River now has an exhibition rain garden thanks to volunteers from area Extension Offices, Homeplace on Green River Board, friends and specialists from the University of Kentucky.  Rick Durham, consumer horticulture extension specialist, Brad Lee, water quality extension specialist and Ashley Osborne, extension associate for environmental and natural resource issues made presentations to about 15 people at the Taylor County Extension Office May 1 and then the group moved to Homeplace for lunch and to plant the garden. The plants were selected because of their ability to thrive at Homeplace and their eye appeal.

Rain gardens are landscaping features adapted to provide on-site treatment of storm water runoff.  The rain garden at Homeplace uses water runoff from the roof of a small corn crib first captured in a rain barrel and then directed to the garden in a controlled fashion.  Rain gardens are most effective if located where heavy runoff from black top, large roofs or other water collecting surfaces can pick up and carry contaminants to our rivers and streams thus adding to the pollution of those waterways.  The garden at Homeplace is small and its purpose is as a demonstration on how rain gardens can be established.   The rain-collecting gutters were donated by Ancil Reynolds and were installed by volunteers from The Healing Place.  The garden is located near the activities building behind the corn crib

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