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RAIN Smart Yard Design Workshop

March 25, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

rain coach consultation

Sustainable Speakers Series

This workshop will give you insight on a variety of rain smart features and provide guidance on when best to employ them. There will be an emphasis on rain gardens and infiltration galleries, but also information on rainwater harvesting, permeable pavement and other ways to manage water where it falls.  We will discuss how to maximize the effectiveness of your rain smart yard and help you to develop a design.

Participants, please come to the workshop with a printout or sketch of your property with dimensions of your house and location of your downspouts indicated. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic design sketch and additional resources to implement a rain smart project in your own yard. The design sketch can help to facilitate discussion with a contractor or form the basis of the plan to do it yourself.

Participants should bring:

  • Print out of the property from Google Earth or a sketch with dimensions of their home
  • Photographs of any areas of interest on their property that may be relevant

Materials provided for workshop:

  • Blank paper
  • Trace paper
  • Coloured pencils and/or markers
  • Tape

Take-home resources for participants:

  • Greening Your Grounds workbook
  • Plant list for rain gardens
  • REEP supplier list


View More: http://lindsayhiattphotography.pass.us/springgulchBecca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design and is currently the RAIN Coach for REEP Green Solutions.  Her practice of landscape architecture centres around the creation of places that promote and celebrate the benefits of interacting with nature.

She has been the landscape designer for prestigious projects such as Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, a City of Edinburgh park adjacent to the Holyrood Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR).  She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.


  • Doors Open: 1:15 p.m.
  • Workshop: 1:30 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE:  2:15 – 3:30 P.M.

Stay to explore the REEP House for Sustainable Living. Or come to check out the house’s sustainable features.


March 25, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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