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Rain Garden Mentor Program

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 while assisting in technical details such as site selection and planning. Volunteers meet with homeowners in these cities at their site, take measurements, and provide homeowners with valuable information to help in the decision-making and planning processes. 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 are interested in planning and building a rain garden. We look forward to working with you to help make a difference to water quality in Puget Sound.