Local Rain Garden Showcases Native Plants, Clean Streams

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA)—The public is invited to join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, to tour a beautiful rain garden filled with native plants helping protect water quality in local streams at Bundoran Farm in Albemarle County.

Rain gardens typically are planted in low areas and are designed to catch runoff water, allowing it to slow and soak into the ground to be absorbed by garden plants. Native plants lessen the need for water and fertilizer, thereby reducing polluted runoff that can harm local streams and rivers. Native trees, shrubs, and flowers also provide natural food and shelter for birds, bees, and other wildlife.

Scientists have found that nutrient and sediment pollution are the largest threats to water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Reducing these pollutants is the goal of the Bay Clean Water Blueprint, the regional plan to restore the Bay.

Learn how adopting "green" gardening practices can have a beneficial effect on the health of local streams, rivers, and the Bay. Join Robert Jennings, CBF grassroots field specialist and native plant expert, on Sept. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bundoran Farm, 585 Hightop Drive in North Garden, located about 15 minutes south of Charlottesville off U.S. 29.

Space is limited. To RSVP, contact Robert Jennings by Sept. 11 at 484/888-2966 or rjennings@cbf.org.

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