LITTLE ROCK — Rain gardens can be a relatively easy feature for homeowners to add to their landscape, with benefits that extend far beyond the backyard.

These landscape depressions help slow the amount of stormwater runoff and also provide a natural pollinator habitat. With a little imagination and creativity, they can also be an attractive addition to your landscape.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will host a free webinar on rain gardening and green infrastructure on May 29, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participation is free, but registration is required. Register at

John Pennington, water quality instructor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, will explain how to create a rain garden, how they work, which plants are best suited for rain gardens and why rain gardens are a beneficial component of green infrastructure in landscapes.

The webinar will also provide an introduction into green infrastructure, an approach to community development and landscape management that filters stormwater runoff and protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle.

Green infrastructure solutions are used on many scales, from landscaping to regional development, Pennington said. At the local level, green infrastructure practices include rain gardens, bioswales, permeable pavers, green roofs, green walls and rainwater harvesting systems.

On a larger scale, the connection, preservation, integration and restoration of built and natural landscapes such as parks and trails, forests, floodplains and wetlands are beneficial components of green infrastructure.

The webinar is part of an Expanding Green Infrastructure grant funded by the Arkansas Division of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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