As part of the Blue Island, Blue Water rain barrel and rain garden initiative, a new series on gardening kicks off this Thursday, January 17, 2013 in the City of Blue Island’s northeast neighborhood. All are welcome to attend.
Last fall, the City, MPC and many partners kicked off the Blue Island, Blue Water initiative to help manage stormwater in a flood-prone neighborhood on the city’s northeast side, the City of Blue Island has undertaken a multi-phase project to implement neighborhood-scale stormwater management in both public and private sites throughout the neighborhood, which is bordered by 119th Street to the north, Western Ave. to the west, 123rd Place to the south, and the Metra tracks to the east. This effort will be the first steps to help alleviate local flooding and basement back issues in this neighborhood. During Phase I in the fall of 2012, the city and partners helped installed 125 rain barrels and several native plant gardens at key public sites.
On January 17, 2013, Design Your Garden will give you lots of practical tips on how to plan your garden. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Nancy Kreith, who has a degree in Landscape Architecture, and lots of experience with garden design will share her expertise on planning your garden.