NW Flower & Garden Show–Rain Barrels of Fun

A customized rain barrel collects roof water from a shed in Bremerton

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show opened Wednesday and I was thrilled to get out of the rain and enjoy some garden theatre at the WA State Convention Center in Seattle where inside it is already spring!  As always, the display gardens are meticulous, inventive, temporary works of art and the fragrance of flowering plants is heavenly.  I’ll feature some of the talented artists and garden trends from the show in upcoming blogs. 

I’ll be back at the show on Sunday to speak on the DIY stage at 5pm.  My presentation is Rain Barrels of Fun: Build a Rain Barrel and Save on your Water Bill.  If you’d like to learn how rain barrels make a difference to the environment and how easy they are to use and make, come on over.  I have a rain barrel and various downspout hook ups to show you, as well as a handout of resources for where to buy supplies, and the pros and cons of different barrel types and inflow and outflows.  Rain barrels are one of the easiest and least expensive Waterwise gardening techniques to employ—anyone can do it, for as little as $35.

Did you know that using a rain barrel can help reduce water pollution, prevent erosion, and recharge our groundwater?  And that plants prefer rain water to tap water?  Or that a 1200 square foot roof in Bremerton can shed 35,000 gallons of rain a year?  Come learn how to figure out how much water comes off of your roof–bet you’ll be surprised at the volume.  You could be catching some of that water for your summer garden. 

See you on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 5pm on the DIY stage and enjoy the show.

 ©Colleen Miko 2012

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About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is a freelance garden writer and speaker who regularly writes "The Perennial Bookworm" where she reviews garden and natural science books, as well as a regular contributor to "WestSound Home & Garden Magazine" on a variety of horticulture topics.
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