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Gardening and Climate Change

This past winter's polar vortex was hard on our region's plants, and gardeners saw even native species die off thanks to cold snaps lasting into spring. Now summer's heat is already upon us, another challenge for gardeners. With extreme weather becoming the norm, plant enthusiasts have to reconsider what they plant and how they care for a garden. We explore how the urban and suburban gardener can adapt to climate change, and even help offset some of its effects with plant choices.

Building A Raingarden At Home

LowImpactDevelopment.org, a Maryland-based resource center, offers a guide for homeowners who want to start a rain garden in their own backyards.

Click through the slideshow for some highlights from the guide.

Plants For Rain Gardens of Every Size

In this document, Low Impact Development outlines the type and number of plants a homeowner would need for their own raingarden.

Plant Lists for Rain Gardens

Communities Rally For Rain Gardens

The Borough of Ambler, Pennsylvania, started an initiative last year that aims to build 100 rain gardens throughout the community in the next 10 years.

Go behind the scenes with organizers in this video from the EPA.

Rain Gardens - Saving Streams One Yard At A Time from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

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