Sep 27, 2017
by Kellen Watson, Daily Acts
Do you or your kids use our local libraries? Have you ever felt a sense of wonder in a garden? Do you just like the color and character nice gardens bring to your community? If yes, we need you!
Daily Acts is seeking volunteers to help create a new water-wise, edible Learning Landscape at the Petaluma Regional Library beginning October 28th. Imagine kids (and adults still in touch with their inner child) reading under the shade of luscious fruit trees, enjoying classes on Native History and Ethnobotany, or curiously watching birds and insects. We’re planning sculptures, a large rain garden, seating, and loads of flowers and fruit, all available to you, the public! This garden will also save over 100,000 gallons of fresh water per year and capture and infiltrate thousands of gallons of rainwater before it becomes polluted stormwater. Can you lend a hand to help make this vision a reality?
This project, sponsored by the City of Petaluma, rethinks the old standards of how public lands are utilized, and will also serve as a demonstration garden for anyone seeking to grow habitat, slow, spread and sink rainwater, or replace their turf with something less thirsty.
Daily Acts and volunteers will be sheet mulching the lawn on October 28th, then planting in the spring. The fall workshop will start off with an educational tour of the site’s new water harvesting earthworks, and then volunteers will get to work with friends and family to compost the old lawn under layers of cardboard and mulch. Participants will learn eco-friendly landscaping techniques that can be used at home, including solarizing Bermuda grass, sheet mulching, and installing rain gardens. Participants will also meet neighbors and enjoy giving back to the amazing community asset that is our Library system.
Lunch and refreshments provided and don't forget your Halloween Costume!
When: Saturday, October 28th from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, CA
Sign-Up: dailyacts.org/events (helps us plan food and tools, so please sign up!)
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