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Rainscaping Practices: Gardening with Purpose / Bergen-Passaic Chapter Meeting

November 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

The Bergen-Passaic Chapter’s November Webinar is on Rainscaping Practices: Gardening with Purpose.

For decades, stormwater has been ditched and piped to get rainwater away from buildings and properties quickly. The downside is that all that additional rainwater ends up in nearby creeks where the increased volume and velocity erode banks and add pollutants to the natural environment. Rainscaping practices like rain gardens are designed to hold water on the property longer, to encourage water to infiltrate back into the ground, like it did before development. Permeable paving also encourages water to enter back into the ground. These and other rainscaping practices will be discussed in this homeowner-friendly webinar presented by Scott Woodbury, owner of Cacalia Design and Wilding.

Scott Woodbury is the owner of Cacalia Design and Wilding, a native landscaping design and consulting studio. He led development of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve for 30 years and founded the St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones, the largest chapter in the country. Scott currently teaches Native Landscape Practices, a course at St. Louis Community College and is a regular speaker, writer and consultant on native landscaping throughout the region.

He received a BS degree in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has worked at various public gardens including the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve, Tudor Place in Washington D.C., Old Westbury Gardens in New York, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and Castello Di Uzzano in Florence, Italy. 

He currently serves as advisor to the horticulture program of St. Louis Community College, Grow Native! and Wild Ones St. Louis. Scott serves on the planning committees for the Partners for Native Landscaping conference and the small grants programs for The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance and MSD Project Clear. 

This event will be held on Zoom. Register for it on the Zoom site.