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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Rain Garden Mentor Program

Program Contact: Horticulture Program
(360) 228-7306 •

Managing Stormwater Presentation at Bainbridge Island Library

Learn how to manage stormwater runoff on your property, beautify the landscape, and help decrease pollution in Puget Sound!

WSU Kitsap Master Gardener Rain Garden Mentor volunteers will be presenting many low-impact options for dealing with stormwater runoff. Methods include rain gardens, rocked creek beds, bioswales, planting options, and more, many of which are low cost and homeowners can do themselves.

WSU Rain Garden Mentors have helped homeowners for a number of years through home visits, onsite assessments and recommendations, all at no cost.

Saturday, February 22, Bainbridge Island Library meeting room

2:00 – 4:00




Our Rain Garden Mentor program is made up of trained volunteers who help homeowners inside the city limits of Port Orchard, Bremerton, Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island understand the benefits of rain gardens. Rain Garden Mentors explain how water can be routed from impervious surfaces like roof tops and driveways into a rain garden, and how the combination of proper soil amendments and careful plant selection can help improve the function and aesthetic appeal of a rain garden. Our Rain Garden Mentors are available to help answer questions throughout the rain garden planning and installation process, and can even help direct homeowners to other resources like city planning departments and underground utility location services. Rain Garden Mentors are also available at various public events throughout the year to answer questions and provide informational handouts for all Kitsap County residents such as the Peninsula Home and Garden Show in March, and the Peninsula Home and Recreation Show in early late September/early October. At times Rain Garden Mentors also hold informational workshops for the public. Such events appear on our WSU Kitsap Extension Website Calendar. Please contact us if you would like more information on building a rain garden. We look forward to working with you to help make a difference to water quality in Puget Sound.