Joe Holtrop, Clallam Conservation District executive director, will discuss rain gardens today. (Amanda Rosenberg/Clallam County Master Gardeners)

Joe Holtrop, Clallam Conservation District executive director, will discuss rain gardens today. (Amanda Rosenberg/Clallam County Master Gardeners)

Rain gardens topic of presentation in Port Angeles today

A rain garden is a shallow depression that collects, absorbs and filters runoff and efficiently supports a landscape.

PORT ANGELES — Capturing stormwater through rain gardens will be discussed during a free presentation at noon today.

Joe Holtrop, Clallam Conservation District executive director, will explain how home gardeners can capture stormwater through the use of rain gardens during a brown bag series talk in the county commissioners’ meeting room (160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

A rain garden is a shallow depression that collects, absorbs and filters runoff and efficiently supports a landscape.

The presentation, “Rain Gardens and Runoff,” will explain such benefits of rain gardens as reducing flooding and will detail how home gardeners can incorporate rain gardens into their landscapes to help manage stormwater.

Holtrop will identify site selection, critical planning, installing and maintenance steps, and what to plant in a rain garden.

Holtrop has an undergraduate and master’s degree in landscape architecture and a master’s degree in adult education. He has been giving presentations, leading workshops and teaching courses on sustainable landscaping for 27 years.

The presentation is part of the Green Thumbs Garden Tips brown bag series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Attendees can bring a lunch.

Although presentations are free, donations will be accepted to help offset copying costs for handouts.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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