Fort Wayne to host four rain garden workshops and plant sale

Residents will have four opportunities to take advantage of free rain garden workshops this spring.

Rain gardens are landscaped areas that help manage and control rain water runoff by containing it where it falls and giving the water an opportunity to soak into the ground, rather than enter a sewer. Native plants are recommended for rain garden planting because they have robust root systems that break up soil, allowing more water to soak in. Residents can bring photos of how stormwater impacts their yard and learn how to build a rain garden that might reduce standing water on their property. Each session is taught by a city landscape architect.

Workshop dates are: March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McMillen Park Community Center’s Red Room, 3901 Abbott St.; April 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Manchester University School of Pharmacy, 10627 Diebold Road; April 19 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Omni Room in Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.; and April 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane. To register for a workshop or for more information, call 311. More information can also be

Residents who own property in the city are eligible to apply for a cash incentive to help offset some of the costs of installing a rain garden when they attend a rain garden workshop. True native plants can be difficult to find but will be available at the city’s native plant sale on May 26. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Road.