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On News Channel 10 with Marion Gold, URI CE GreenShare Coordinator and Director of the Cooperative Extension Education Center

North Kingstown Town Hall Demonstration Rain Garden

A beautiful way to protect Narragansett Bay and replenish your water Supply.

This segment aired July 3, 2005 and was filmed at the North Kingstown Town Hall's Demonstration Rain Garden.

In this segment, Plant Pro Marion Gold is joined by North Kingstown Town Manager, Richard Kerbel and Landscape Contractor and URI Master Gardener David Renzi, Out in Front Horticulture who installed the garden. Also in the segment is URI Master Gardener volunteer Hilary Sowa and her son.

For more information about this demonstration rain garden, click here. visit our rain garden page for more information on planning and designing your own rain garden including a suggested plant list. For more information about the Town of North Kingstown's drinking water resources, click here.

Photo taken June 17, 2005

The new garden that adorns the North Kingstown Town Hall's front lawn provides more than a pleasing array of ornamental shrubs and plants. It protects the environment and serves as a demonstration rain garden.

A rain garden is a natural or dug shallow depression designed to capture and soak up stormwater runoff from your roof or other impervious areas around your home like driveways, walkways, and even compacted lawn areas. In addition to adding beauty to your home landscape, rain gardens reduce stormwater runoff from your property and replenish groundwater.

The rain garden was installed May 2, 2005 by David Renzi and crew, Out in Front Horticulture. URI Master Gardener volunteers who assisted with the installation and monitored and maintained the garden over the next two years include: Joy Gerstenblatt, Dori Gerhardt, Evelyn Quinn and Hilary Sowa.

Photo taken June 17, 2005

Photo taken June 30, 2005. The garden now contains Joe-pye Weed top of berm, left edge.

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