The Port Hope Public Library welcomes Professor For a Talk on the Importance of Rain Gardens.

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The Port Hope Public Library welcomes Professor Marc Yamaguchi for a talk on the importance of rain gardens.

WHERE: Port Hope Public Library Mary J. Benson Branch, 31 Queen St. Port Hope, Ontario

WHEN: Saturday, May 13th, 2023 – 1pm to 3 pm

This is a FREE event – All are welcome.

With support from West Coast Seeds, the first 30 guests will take home a packet of native Ontario seeds!

Join Professor Marc Yamaguchi of Toronto and local rain garden advocate, Signe Langford, for a fun and educational presentation All About Rain Gardens.

“As a community situated on two important bodies of water – the Ganaraska River and Lake Ontario – Port Hopers have an obligation to remediate and mitigate the amount and condition of runoff that enters the waterways,” says Langford. “A rain garden – weather in a private garden or on municipal land is a wonderful way to do just that.”

“When constructed right, a rain garden acts as a sink for winter melt and heavy downpours,” says Langford. “Planted with native species, it can help filter dirty run off from roads, keeping the water we depend on clean and safe for people and wildlife.”

“Rain gardens are also a great way to keep homes safe from flooding,” say Langford. “In fact, some insurance companies are offering discounts to folks with rain gardens, and some municipalities are offering grants to homeowners to help put a rain garden in!”

“The Port Hope Public Library is dedicated to promoting educational and informative grassroots environmental sustainability within our community,” says Programming and Community Engagement Coordinator, Lisa O’Leary. “We are looking forward to Marc’s presentation.”

About Professor Yamaguchi: Marc Yamaguchi lives in Toronto and teaches English at Centennial College. He has a Masters in Environmental Education and Communication and co-founded the non-profit Rain Gardens United that helped steward 36 residential rain gardens from 2017 to 2022.

For more information or to request photos please contact Signe Langford at: or 905-885-0673

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