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Adult Opportunities

Rain Gardens Made Easy (online)

Learn how to design and plant a rain garden for your home.

Content Detail

Rain gardens are an excellent way to manage stormwater while adding aesthetics to your landscape. This sustainable design practice works with the existing landscape to use excess rainfall in beneficial ways, allowing homeowners to reduce the impacts of flooding and maintain beautiful gardens with lower water bills.

In this interactive class, you will learn how to build a rain garden by combining water-loving perennials and shrubs to create an ecogorgeous rain garden design to help manage water on your property and seamlessly blend into traditional landscapes. Walk away with lists of suitable plants and plant combinations for rain gardens, as well as strategies for stormwater management in the home landscape.

This program meets on Zoom.

Instructor: Vallari Talapatra, landscape architect, Eco Scapes, Inc.

Age: 16 and older


Vallari Talapatra, landscape architect, Eco Scapes, Inc.

Vallari Talapatra has been teaching at the Arboretum since 1994. She has taught landscape design classes and conducted workshops on a variety of topics, such as woodland gardens, meditative gardens, and curb appeal. She has been the president of Eco Scapes, Inc. since 2000, and her projects have been featured in multiple national publications.

What to Know

Before class, gather one or two pictures of the location you want to place your rain garden. Note the dimensions of the area, and think about the hours of sun or shade during the summer months and whether moisture is constant or dependent on rainfall and irrigation.

This program will take place on Zoom. A link will be provided to registrants by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.

Automatically generated captions will be displayed during this program.

The program will be recorded.


Program Schedule

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Monday, March 20, 2023

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.



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