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Naturescaping classes offered


The city of Troutdale is hosting two free landscaping workshops offering low-cost, sustainable gardening tips and resources for all levels of do-it-yourselfers who are itching to dig up fresh ideas for their yards and gardens.

Learn how to of create low-cost, low-maintenance landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution and create healthy habitat for local birds and wildlife at a naturescaping and/or rain garden workshop. These workshops are free and will be held at the Troutdale City Conference Building, 223 Buxton Road.

Rain Gardens 101 is from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, and explores how to build a rain garden. Learn about the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

Naturescaping Basics is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and shows how to design a landscape to reduce water use, decrease stormwater runoff and save you time, money, and energy — all while providing a beautiful habitat for birds, wildlife and you.

Register online at www.emswcd.org/workshops-events/register-for-a-workshop or call 503-222-7645 for more information.