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Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Program

Train as a Master Rain Gardener, and become a volunteer resource for your neighborhood.

Washtenaw County has been planting rain gardens since 2005, and in that time we have learned a thing or two about what makes them successful. Come train with us to be a Master *Rain* Gardener. During class you will design your own rain garden step-by-step. Share your knowledge in the tradition of the Master Gardener volunteer program. Become your neighborhood's expert on rain gardens!

Rain Gardens filter and cool stormwater so that our streams and rivers run clean. It is a nonpoint solution for nonpoint source pollution. Anyone can plant one in their own yard. See this year class's rain garden designs. See rain garden examples in the  Master Rain Gardener Hall of Fame.

“Excellent class, well-managed & very informative.”
“I find myself driving/walking and looking for houses that need rain gardens!”
“With the class, I feel confident.  But I would not have tackled this project without taking the class.”
“Great class!!"
-Student feedback

David Dye's Rain Garden

Summer Online Master Rain Gardener Certification Class

Friday lunchtimes from 12-1pm with 1-1:30pm live Q&A | July 14-August 18, 2017

Scarlett Bennett's second rain gardenLocation: Live, online! Login from your computer or smart phone

Cost: Free, funded by a MDEQ grant and the City of Ann Arbor

Instructors: Susan Bryan, MLA & Harry Sheehan of the Water Resources Commissioner's Office, Shannan Gibb-Randall, RLA of InSite Design Studio

Requirements: Participants must attend all five classes and plant or adopt a rain garden to receive their Master Rain Gardener certificate

Register: HERE.  If you have any questions, e-mail  bryans@ewashtenaw.org

More information: Online MRG Certification program page

 

 

 

Winter Master Rain Gardener Certification ClassDorothy Yenni and Laura Wooley RG 2012

Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-12:30pm | February 28-March 28, 2017

Location: 705 N. Zeeb Rd, Ann Arbor MI. MSU Extension Classroom

Cost: $89 (Scholarships available)

Instructors: Susan Bryan, MLA & Harry Sheehan of the Water Resources Commissioner's Office, Shannan Gibb-Randall, RLA of InSite Design Studio, Inc.

Requirements: Participants must attend all five classes and plant or adopt a rain garden to receive their Master Rain Gardener certificate

Questions: Contact Susan at bryans@ewashtenaw.org or 734-730-9025

Register: You can register online, by phone, in-person or by mail

  • Online through Rec and Ed 
  • Call Seema Jolly at 734-994-2300 x53203 

You will need to answer the following questions: 1) what kind of gardener are you? 2) Although it is not required, are you a Master Gardener? 3) Why do you want to become a Master Rain Gardener? 4) What t-shirt size are you? (there are t-shirts!)

Residents of these Ann Arbor neighborhoods receive a discount:

  • Miller Ave, between Newport to Maple
  • Scarlett Mitchell, between Packard, Platt, Charing Cross and Lorraine St
  • Stone School Rd, between Ellsworth and I-94
  • Arbor Oaks Park/Bryant Elementary School
  • Easy Street
  • neighbors within walkable distance to these parks: Vet's Park and Garden Homes park.

Email bryans@ewashtenaw.org for details.

Teachers

Susan Bryan, Rain Garden Coordinator. Susan has designed over 80 residential rain gardens and mentored over 350 homeowners planting rain gardens. She is a past President of Wild Ones, has a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan, and is a Master Gardener.

Harry Sheehan, Deputy Water Resources Commissioner. Harry is responsible for planning and financing ongoing education efforts, and spearheading innovative projects that keep our rivers running clean.

Shannan Gibb-Randall, Principal at InSite Design Studio, Inc. Shannan leads InSite Design's ecologically sensitive landscape design work. Her background is in Art History and Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan. Projects in her portfolio include the City of Ann Arbor Municipal Center, the Great Lakes Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center Courtyard.

 

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