Construction equipment was put to use plowing streets after January's "Snowzilla" blizzard left more than 2 feet of snow on Wheaton's streets.
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Sat Feb 20 1pm -3pm
Artist Walking Tour of Wheaton
Meet at Veterans Park,
11200 Amherst Avenue.
Wheaton MD 20902
Sat Feb 20 9am -5pm
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Raingardens in Winter
Along many streets in the Metropolitan DC area, rain gardens have been placed in the right-of-ways in order to improve water quality in our creeks and the Chesapeake Bay. These shallow pits filled with plants help to filter out pollutants that are picked up by fast-moving water as it flows over lawns, streets, and sidewalks during storms.
During the icy winter weather, people sometimes worry that rain gardens will clog up and stop working. But in a healthy, well-designed rain garden, porous soil mixes are combined with plants that don't mind a bit of extra water now and then, such as those you might find growing in a natural flood plain.
After a big rain storm, you'll see rain gardens fill up quickly, but within about a day or so most of them have dried out and no longer contain standing water. In the winter, ice sometimes forms in these planted areas. But experts say there is no reason to worry that the ice will cause the garden to stop working correctly.
But even when ice does form, scientists say it most likely will not cause the rain garden to stop working and should not cause concern.
Experts also point out that plowed and shoveled snow piles should not be placed in a rain garden and recommend fallen snow not be removed from the inside of a rain garden.
If you install a rain garden near a sidewalk, driveway or other type of paved area, you should also be careful when treating those surfaces for ice; standard de-icing agents can be incredibly harmful to plant and aquatic life in your garden. Even the more environmentally-friendly ice control agents can harm plants. You should also take care to avoid using abrasives like sand and gravel near rain gardens, since they may reduce the soil quality and drainage.
To learn more, check out this handy guide to routine rain garden maintenance published by the watershed group Blue Water Baltimore.
This spring Green Wheaton will work to move our own rain garden, currently located around the "Welcome to Wheaton" sign in Reedie Triangle, to a new location in Wheaton. We'll be seeking volunteers to make it happen. Stay tuned!
(Parts of this text originally appeared as a blog post written by Alison Gillespie https://whereyouareplanted.com/rain-gardens-winter/ and were used with the author’s permission.)
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Artist Walks Return
DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at Veterans Park, 11200 Amherst Avenue. Wheaton MD
Join artist Joanne Miller on a photographic journey through urban Wheaton. Bring your camera and walk along with Joanne as we photograph the nature in the downtown Central Business District (CBD). The walk is an opportunity for photography and conversation about personal vision and creative practice. Free and open to the public – all levels of photographers are welcome.