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Become a Master Rain Gardener!


Come train with us to be a Master *Rain* Gardener. During the class you will design a rain garden for your yard, step-by-step. Get our expert feedback on designing, digging and planting. Then, share your knowledge. Become your neighborhood's expert on rain gardens! Last year, 66 people built their own rain gardens in Washtenaw County. Join them by creating a beautiful one of your own!

Rain Gardens filter water so that our rivers run clean. The gardens capture and soak in the rain water that runs off hard surfaces like roofs and driveways – the #1 source of pollution in rivers. Anyone can plant one in their own yard! 

Register now! 
Thurston Elementary Rain Garden
Five Friday Webinar Classes 12:00 noon – 1:30pm: 

  • July 14 
  • July 21 
  • July 28 
  • August 4 
  • August 11 (optional class just for Q&A) 
  • August 18 
You must attend the 5 webinars, and build a rain garden to earn the Master Rain Gardener certification. All graduates earn a Master Rain Gardener t-shirt! Classes will be taped, and can be viewed afterwards if there is a schedule conflict. 


There will be two field trips: 

A field trip to visit a rain garden in Ann Arbor, Tipton, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo or Flint (optional) 
A field trip August 27, 1:00pm to Wildtype Nursery in Mason, MI (optional) 

Online lunchtime format! 
The class will be a webinar for the lectures, Facebook (or an alternate forum) for discussion/homework. If you take lunchtime at your desk this is perfect for you. It also works on a smartphone. 

Also available in person! 
If listening by yourself at your computer isn’t your style, Hidden Lake Gardens, a botanical garden operated by Michigan State University in Tipton, MI will be hosting the webinar portions of this class for people to attend in-person. To RSVP call 517-431-2060. 

Hosted by Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office. Instructors include: 
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 clean water education efforts, and spearheading innovative projects. 

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 the 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. 
Questions? Contact Susan: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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