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Rain Gardens Help Solve Problems, Create Beauty
Many beautifully planned, well-organized landscapes nonetheless include one or more problem areas-high spots and low spots, places that are too dry or too wet, some that are too shady and some too sunny for our needs. Scientists and horticulturists often work together to solve such gardening problems. In doing so, they sometimes create a solution that also adds beauty to the landscape. Such can be the case with rain gardens.
Members of the St. Louis Water Gardening Society have an opportunity at their October 29th meeting to explore that topic. Ned Siegel, a retired agricultural researcher and currently a Master Gardener will present “Rain Gardens: a Job Description.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room. Note: This is the FIFTH Tuesday of October.
Siegel was formerly a research scientist who spent 32 years in the field, initially with Monsanto Company in the Agricultural Research group and ultimately with Pfizer, Inc., working in the Discovery Research biotechnology area. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Botany from the University of Illinois.
He is currently enjoying his retirement after completing the Master Gardener training and certification program at the Missouri Botanical Garden in 2007 and the Master Naturalist program in Illinois in 2008-9. He is a member of the St. Louis Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau.
Siegel’s discussion of rain gardens will center on what they are and how and why they can help to reduce storm water runoff.
Don’t miss your chance to perhaps solve your most persistent landscape problem. Bring your questions!
Bylaws Revisions Ready for a Vote
A special committee appointed by the SLWGS Board of Directors last year to revise the Constitution and Bylaws has completed its work, reported to the Board, and is now making its recommendations to the membership. This is the first time in several years the articles of organization have undergone a complete review, and major changes have been recommended.
Changes in the bylaws must be officially approved by receiving a simple majority vote of those in attendance at a meeting of the membership in the month following publication of the proposed changes. The recommended new bylaws will be formally presented at the October general meeting, and the committee will ask the general membership to approve the bylaws by a vote at the November meeting. Click here for a copy of the proposed new bylaws and a summary of the major changes.