BETHALTO — Mississippi Valley Garden Club invites the public to an open house and rain garden presentation.
Master gardener Ned Seigel, will give the presentation. The open house will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Bethalto Senior Service Center, 100 E. Central St.
As concern for water pollution and urban flooding is increasing, rain gardens are gaining popularity. Rain gardens can control and reduce storm water runoff. Rain gardens can be created by capturing rain water from rooftops and downspouts, from parking lots, and roads, or simply by taking advantage of natural drainage. While providing wildlife habitat and landscaping possibilities, rain gardens also filter pollutants and reduce erosion. Come learn more about the concept, including fundamental design principles and strategies for the home gardeners, as well as developments in the St. Louis area working to incorporate storm water control.
Mississippi Valley Garden Club promotes gardening in the Riverbend. Members participate in beautification projects at Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills and also at the Gardens at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The club has monthly lectures on gardening activities, summer meeting are held in members’ gardens, plant exchange and horticultural field trips. The garden club is well-known for its annual plant sale in May. The club meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Bethalto Senior Service Center, 100 E. Central St., Bethalto. More information is available at www.mvgclub.weebly.com.