Rain Garden Project

Protect water • Feed pollinators

This spring, CoM will be planting the first of several rain gardens, designed to protect the local watershed and improve the environment for pollinators. Rain gardens are a simple but effective means of absorbing and filtering the toxins from roofs, driveways and roads that pollute local bodies of water. Planting native Michigan shrubs and perennials in the garden will help feed birds, bees and butterflies yet require minimal care. The garden will also reduce the amount of lawn to be maintained, an important step in reducing our carbon footprint.

Come join a brief information session on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm on Zoom where you will learn about how rain gardens are protecting the environment in Kalamazoo and around the country. You’ll get familiar with the native Michigan perennials to be planted in our rain garden and why using native Michigan plants is so important in protecting the ecosystem. Cheryl Vosburg from the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council will join us.

Then on Sunday, May 16, we’ll put the plants in the garden! There will be tasks both large and small, so come on out with the family even for a short while. Help make something beautiful and useful!

Please signup below for both events. You are welcome to join us for either one or both dates!

The Rain Garden Project Registration


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Rain Garden Information Session
Wednesday, May 5
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Brad K., Sharon K., Patricia K.
Planting of the Rain Garden
Sunday, May 16
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- Brad K., Sharon K., Patricia K.