A Visit to the Lackawaxen Rain Garden
Ever wonder what a rain garden looks like? Ever wonder where to start? On Wednesday, April 17 at 10am, join the Pike County Conservation District staff and the Area Agency on Aging Lackawaxen Seniors when they check in on a rain garden that was installed last October at the Lackawaxen Fire Hall. Located next to the parking lot of the Senior Center at the Lackawaxen Fire Department, the rain garden filters out automobile fluids, sediment, and salts from the parking lot, allows the run-off to percolate through the soil and enter the groundwater clean and free of contaminants.
With the assistance of the Lackawaxen Township Supervisors and Road Crew, the Lackawaxen Seniors had the challenging job of choosing and installing flowers that thrive under the tough growing conditions of a rain garden in Lackawaxen. The native plants chosen are tolerant to a short growing season, hot and cold temperatures, road salt, drought and flooding. They also need to have some deer resistance, a height that doesn’t interfere with visibility when exiting the parking lot, beneficial traits for local wildlife such as birds and butterflies, and of course be beautiful to look at throughout the growing season. Black-eyed Susans, Scarlet and Lavender Bee Balm, and Blue Flag Iris should be emerging and getting ready to do their job purifying the run-off and beautifying the Senior Center entrance at the same time!
Plant a rain garden this spring in your own yard and help make a difference by protecting Pike County’s clean streams, precious rivers and healthy drinking water now and for future generations. Lackawaxen Seniors are doing their part by preserving our exceptional water resources and you can, too!
The Pike County Conservation District’s Watershed Specialist, Lori Colgan, will be on hand to explain how to install your own rain garden and all the benefits they provide. The garden is located at the Lackawaxen Fire Department at the corner of Lieutenant Corporal Jacob Beisel Road and Route 590 in Lackawaxen. We will meet at the parking lot on Beisel Road at 10am, Wednesday, April 17. If you have questions or would like to register, please call the Pike County Conservation District at 570-226-8220 or email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org.