Tuesday, April 27, 2010

GreenWheaton Installs Demonstration Garden in Downtown Wheaton

Following is a press release from GreenWheaton.


Contact: Elizabeth Chaisson
Tel. 301-962-9558
Email: eliz.chaisson@gmail.com


On Sunday, May 2, 2010, From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Volunteers Will Install a Conservation Landscape on the Wheaton Green Triangle Across From 2424 Reedie Drive

Wheaton, MD April 27, 2010 – On Sunday, May 2, 2010, GreenWheaton, an affiliate of the Mid-County Regional Services Center, will be installing a conservation landscape opposite the Center’s offices at 2424 Reedie Drive. The conservation landscape will be installed in a 500 square foot section located in the southwest corner of the Wheaton Green Triangle. Interested Montgomery County residents are welcome to attend and learn about the benefits of removing turf and creating conservation landscapes in our environment, which soak up more rain water than typical lawns or gardens.

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection RainScapes Program will provide the soil amendments and plants native to the Maryland area for this project. These native plants will help absorb rainfall that would otherwise be diverted to nearby storm drains. Capturing rainfall that would otherwise become polluted runoff has a number of long-term environmental benefits; principally, replenishing groundwater and recharging streams and preventing stormwater pollution from entering our waterways. To learn more about how to install a conservation landscape or a rain garden in your yard or neighborhood, please visit Montgomery County’s RainScapes Program on-line at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dectmpl.asp?url=/content/dep/water/rainscapes.asp

Upcoming Wheaton Events that will provide the public an opportunity to view the installed conservation landscape include:

 15th Annual Taste of Wheaton on Sunday May 16th from 11am-5pm
 Wheaton Flea Market every Sunday from 9am-3pm all year
 Wheaton Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 8am-1pm June through October

Sponsors of this conservation landscape installation include Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Friends of Sligo Creek, Neighbors of Northwest Branch, Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee, and Speedy Signs.


The GreenWheaton Sustainable Initiatives Workgroup is a joint sub-committee of the Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee (WRAC) and the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) dedicated to applying environmentally-friendly building and planning techniques to the Wheaton Maryland downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.