University of Maryland Extension

Your yard may not be as “green” as you think!

Your yard may not be as “green” as you think!
Friday, May. 3, 2013 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
BCPL-Towson Branch
320 York Road
Towson, MD 21204-5179
United States
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Master Gardener Theater Opens at Towson Library for Towson Gardens Day on May 3

Excess fertilizer and pesticides can wash off lawns when it rains and into nearby storm drains and streams. Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels can help prevent water pollution and reduce the impact of storm water run-off. Join University of Maryland Extension Educators and Local Environmental Stewards for some “Greening” education. 

10 am: Rain Gardens – Landscaping for Water QualityTrout
Mr. Krisztian Varsa
Associate Agent & Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist, Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford Counties
Why Plant a Rain Garden?
Every time it rains, fertilizers, pesticides, debris and other pollutants wash across lawns and driveways and down streets into the nearest storm drain. From there this pollution goes directly into a river, lake or stream.  Planting a rain garden reduces pollution while giving you a garden that is easy to maintain and needs little or no watering.

11 am: Native Plant Choices for Rain Gardens Amanda Rockler
Amanda Rockler
Regional Watershed Protection Specialist with with Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program within the University System of Maryland.
Native plants and rain gardens are made to work together. Plants for rain gardens need to be able to withstand brief periods of standing water yet be able to tolerate extended periods of dryness. While there are a number of plants that can do well under these conditions, the best are those native to our region. They have evolved to thrive in our local environment and provide great habitat for beneficial insects, including bees and butterflies.

1 pm: Rain Barrels – Katie Dix
The first step to reducing backyard water pollution.
Katie Dix
Program Coordinator,
Blue Water Baltimore
Residential water use increases 40 to 50% during summer months, mostly due to outdoor water use. Storm water runoff is the leading type of residential non-point source pollution. Learn more about rain barrels and how they address both of these concerns!

Register for this free event at or CALL 410-771-1761.
Walk-Ins Welcome! In Partnership with Towson Gardens Day!

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