News release from Fort Wayne City Utilities:
Fort Wayne Hosts Native Plant Sale As Part of Rain Garden Program
(May 19, 2014) – As part of the effort to encourage residents to install rain gardens on their property, Fort Wayne City Utilities is teaming up with a locally owned plant nursery to provide a source of native perennial plants.
True native plants can be difficult to find. Riverview Nursery in Spencerville, owned by Master Gardener Martha Ferguson, is a supplier of native perennial plants that have been grown from seeds gathered at sites around Fort Wayne.
Riverview Nursery will be hosting a native plant sale in cooperation with City Utilities as part of the Catching Rain Fort Wayne rain garden program. The plant sales will be held:
Saturday, May 24 from 9:00 AM – Noon
Salomon Farm Park
817 W. Dupont Road
Riverview Nursery will be selling many of the native plants recommended by the City Utilities Rain Garden program. To make selecting rain garden plants as easy as possible, Riverview Nursery will be offering a pre-assembled rain garden kit containing the plants needed for a 60 square foot rain garden.
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. Native plants also provide nectar, food and habitat for native butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds.
The sale is open to everyone, but Fort Wayne residents who have previously attended a rain garden workshop, can use the opportunity to apply for the programs cash incentive. For more information call 427-1381. Much more information about rain gardens may be found at City Utilities’ rain garden website at www.CatchingRainFW.org.