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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2012
Media Contact:
Alejandra Castro Nuñez

Extension to host Rain Barrel Workshop

Learn how to introduce new plants into your garden

(MIAMI, May 21, 2012) – The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division will host a rain barrel workshop  on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Normandy Isle Park, 7030 Trouville Esplanade in Miami Beach, Florida.

During the workshop participants will learn how to use a rain barrel to capture water that can be stored for later use in the garden.  Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that.

Why Use Rain Barrels?

The first 50 participants to sign-up will receive a “Florida Friendly” plant.  There is no cost to attend the workshop; however, if you’re interested in purchasing a rain barrel for $40, you must order it in advance. To sign up for the workshop, contact Lize Luna at 305.248.3311, ext. 242 or 245.

Attendees can also exchange their old showerhead for a new water efficient showerhead that uses 1.5 gallons per minute and can exchange up to 3 incandescent light bulbs for CFL/Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. Registration and showerhead & light bulb exchange is at 9:30 a.m.

For information on Florida friendly landscaping, visit the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods website.