Sign up at Clark Botanic Garden to learn about composting, rain barrels and planting a rain garden

Sign up at Clark Botanic Garden to learn about composting, rain barrels and planting a rain garden

North Hempstead Town will once again be offering residential sustainability classes including Composting Cooperative, “Recycle the Rain,” Native Gardening,  Rain Garden and Sustainable Yard Care. 

The programs will run at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson from May to September.

 “It is such a wonderful benefit to our Town that our very own Clark Botanic Gardens hosts these classes for our residents on environmentally friendly practices such as using compost, rain barrel, planting rain and native gardens and sustainable landscaping,” Bosworth said. 

The Composting Cooperative program is a 30-minute instructional class and, upon completion, residents can purchase a composter at the reduced rate of $50. By using a composter, residents can create organic material for their soil by reusing kitchen waste that would ordinarily end up in landfills.

North Hempstead’s “Recycle the Rain” water conservation program teaches residents the benefits of rain barrels and, after taking the 30-minute class, residents can purchase 50-gallon rain barrels at a discounted rate of $50. The rain barrels can recycle as much as 1,800 gallons of storm water during in a single summer season. 

The Rain Garden program is a free course that instructs residents the environmental benefits of rain gardens and how to create one.  Rain gardens are gardens that are positioned near a water run-off source, like a downspout, driveway or sump pump to capture rainwater, keeping the fresh rainwater out of the sewer system and in the ground. By re-routing run-off, the rain garden helps to reduce pollution by filtering out contaminants as the water slowly seeps into the ground. 

 The Native Plant Gardening class is a 60-minute free class that will instruct residents on how to conserve water, reduce fertilizers and pesticides while providing food and habitat for wildlife.  The president of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative will teach how to build and select plants for native gardens.

Finally, the new class for 2018 is Sustainable Yard Care.  Find out how to make your yard more sustainable by saving water, creating wildlife habitat, using alternatives to pesticides, applying fertilizer properly and more.  This 90-minute class will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. and is free for all.

 All classes are held at Clark Botanic Garden, located at 193 I. U. Willets Road in Albertson, and are rain or shine.  Residents must register in advance.   Please note that only check or credit/debit cards are accepted for rain barrels and composters.  

Upcoming “Recycle the Rain” classes will be held Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m.

Upcoming Composting Cooperative classes will be held Thursday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Rain Garden classes will be held Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m. 

Upcoming Native Garden Classes will be held Saturday, May 19 at 12 p.m. andSaturday, September 22 at 12 p.m. 

Upcoming Sustainable Yard Care will be held Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m.

 For more information or to register call 311 or 516-869-6311.

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