Rainwater control for Central Texas focus of Aug. 5 program at Zilker Park

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Daphne Richards, 512-8454-9600, drichard@ag.tamu.edu

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and the Travis County Master Gardeners will present the “Wise Rainwater Control for Central Texas” program Aug. 5 at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road in Austin.

The program will be from 10 a.m.–noon. It is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. The park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child 3-12 years of age and $1 for seniors 62 and older. A $3 free applies to non-Austin residents.

A rain garden is one of the ways to use excess rainwater.  (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“With the dearth of rain in the area recently, it is important to prepare for the next time we have a significant rain event,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Travis County. “This program will address the variety of possibilities and practicalities of rainwater capture and control.”

Richards said details on the seminars can be found on the Central Texas Horticulture blogspot at http://bit.ly/2ss2dH2.

She said the program will address rain gardens, rainwater collection, dry creeks and wetlands.

“This seminar will cover some of the practical aspects of diverting and using excess rainwater, including functionality, location, construction and maintenance of rain gardens and methods of rainwater collection or diversion,” Richards said. “It will also address some of the concerns for consideration before investing in any of the common options for rainwater control.”

She said the program will be led by Travis County Master Gardeners Marian Stasney and Pat Mokry.

For more information contact AgriLife Extension in Travis County at 512-854-9600.

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