Earth Calendar for August 23rd and August 24th

Aug 23, 2013

On Saturday, August 31st, the Goshen Park District and the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation Districtare hosting a free rain garden workshop at Stagge-Marr Park, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. The park is located at 6662 Goshen Road in Goshen Township. Experts from the Rain garden Alliance of Greater Cincinnati will be on hand to talk about everything participants need to know about building their own rain garden.



Rain gardens are built in a shallow depression that is designed to absorb and filter rain water. They are planted with wild flowers and native plants, such as Blazing Stars, Lobelia and Coneflowers, that soak up rain water and filter it into the ground over a 24 to 48 hour period, instead of allowing it to run off into a storm drain or ditch. These types of environmentally friendly gardens allow about 30 percent more water to soak into the ground than a conventional lawn.  A substantial amount of pollution is carried into our waterways by runoff from our lawns, rooftops, driveways, parking lots, and roadways. Rain gardens capture the rain water runoff from those areas; the water is then absorbed by the rain garden plants and filtered into the ground. Rain gardens are perfect for preventing pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides, oil, and other hazardous fluids from entering our waterways.At the August 31st workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating their own rain garden, including locating the best site for a rain garden, sizing the garden, plant selection and more. At the conclusion of the workshop, everyone will have the opportunity to practice what they learned and help plant a new rain garden bed at Stagge-Marr Park.The workshop is free and open to the public. Drinks will be provided, however participants are responsible for their lunch. Coolers will be available if you wish to bring a brown bag lunch. You can register online at the website, or by calling (513) 732-7075.



 On Our Calendar:  The Kenton County Animal Shelter will present its 6th Annual Pet Fair in partnership with Kenton County Public Library ~ Independence on Saturday, August 24th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Animal Shelter staff will provide the public with pet-related information to help you and your families make the best decisions for your pets. The Pet Fair will include Donetta the Pet Psychic, Kenton County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit demonstration, Lapis Wolf Studio, UCAN, Parrot Rescue, Pets Plus and more. All adoptions on the day of the Pet Fair will be just $40! The Animal Shelter is located at 1020 Mary Laidley Drive in Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017. For more information, contact the Kenton County Animal Shelter at (859) 356-7400 or visit the website.