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Posted on: January 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Registration Now Open for Master Rain Gardener Training Class

Master Rain Gardner Logo in front of garden in full bloom


Master Rain Gardener Training Program, Winter 2022


Train to be a Master RAIN Gardener! Rain gardens capture stormwater runoff before it pollutes our local rivers while providing beautiful garden scapes throughout the growing season. Learn to design and install your own rain garden and be the rain garden expert in your neighborhood. Earn your certificate by taking the class and building a rain garden. 

Master Rain Gardener Training Program, Winter 2022


TIME: 10 am-Noon
DATES: Five Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7


VIRTUAL Classroom with In-Person Tours
 TOUR DATE, REGION (All tours are optional) 

  • March 3, Ann Arbor area, Hosted by Washtenaw County
  • March 24, Plymouth area, Hosted by Friends of the Rouge

REQUIREMENTS: Participants must attend all five classes and plant OR adopt a rain garden to earn their Master Rain Gardener certificate, garden sign, and t-shirt.

COVID-19 POLICY. No requirements for virtual sessions. For the tour ONLY, all participants must follow the Covid-19 policies established by tour hosts.

Three enrollment options are available:

  • Standard Course Enrollment- $89.00

  • Scholarship Enrollment- $20.00 

    • Our goal is to ensure that income is no barrier to your success in building your own beautiful rain garden! We offer scholarships on a sliding scale.
  • Sustainer Level Master Rain Gardener Course Enrollment- $380.00
    • Help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Master Rain Gardener Training Program by covering the complete, unsubsidized cost of the course

Register here

 Large rain garden with rock edging

Instructors for the Live Class: 

    • Washtenaw County Water Resources: Susan Bryan
      • Susan has been designing rain gardens for over ten years and has mentored over 700 homeowners planting rain gardens. She developed the Master Rain Gardener program, and has spread it to six other municipalities. In Ann Arbor, she designed the Miller Avenue rain gardens and the Swift Run streetside rain gardens in Ann Arbor. She is a past President of Wild Ones, has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan, and is a Master Gardener.  
    • Friends of the Rouge: Matthew Bertrand, Jaclyn Heikkila, Eli Lowry, Renato Marimon 
    • Huron River Watershed Council: Eric Robinson, Ric Lawson, Anita Daley  
    • River Raisin Watershed Council: Meija Knafl 
    • Oakland County Water Resources: Jacy Garrison


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