Florida Friendly Landscaping and Rain Barrel Workshop scheduled

The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program is hosting a free Florida Friendly Landscape and Rain Barrel workshop on Saturday, Mar. 9, and Saturday, Mar. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay.

During the workshop participants will learn the nine principals of creating and maintaining Florida Friendly Landscape in their backyard. In addition, they will learn how to use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for use during dry months.

Why Use Rain Barrels?

• Rain barrels conserve water and help lower costs. (A rain barrel can save approximately 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months.)

• Rain barrels reduce water pollution by reducing storm water runoff, which can contain pollutants like sediment, oil, grease, bacteria and nutrients.

The rain barrels will be available for purchase at a cost of $40. If you’re interested in getting your own rain barrel make check or money order payable to: Miami-Dade Extension Program Account. Credit card or cash payments cannot be accepted.

The workshop will be taught by Miami- Dade County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Extension Agent Guillermo Salazar in collaboration with Miami Dade County Master Gardener Volunteers.

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