SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Springfield Free Public Library offers a program on creating a rain garden in your own backyard Thursday at 7 p.m. The program is done in partnership with the Rahway River Watershed and landscape architect Tobiah Horton will conduct the course.

Horton is a specialist with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.  He has designed rain gardens throughout New Jersey, including one located at Jonathan Dayton High School.  Also speaking will be Mariann Glenn, a professor at Seton Hall University and the President of the Rahway River Watershed Association.

In addition to being an attractive landscape feature, rain gardens benefit the environment by reducing storm water runoff which, in turn, reduces the risk of localized flooding. People who attend this workshop will learn what is needed to create a rain garden on their own property.

This program is free and open to all members of the general public.