Landscape Lecture Series

A big part of your household water is used to grow and properly maintain bluegrass lawns that are not sustainable. In an effort to help the Greeley community save water, create natural habitats, use native plants to become more drought resilient, and use less pesticides, the city is presenting the Landscape Lecture Series.

2022 Webinars

Greeley Water Conservation and Stormwater divisions have partnered with the CSU Stormwater Center and Colorado Water Conservation Board on a Grant to install five rain garden demonstration projects in Greeley. The gardens have been chosen and we are now offering the installer training, so you can learn how to install one yourself.  They will also be an opportunity to sign up to volunteer after the training, so  you can get some hands-on training. Register for either the English or Spanish training below and find out how installing a rain garden can help you save water in the garden, solve drainage issues and improve water before it goes back into our waterways.

Bilingual Certified Rain Garden Installer Training 

Date: August 16, 2022

3:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. 

Register Here:

Description:Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Rain Garden Installer! In order to be certified, you will need to attend the bilingual virtual 3 hour course (or view the recording), pass an exam (1 hour)  and assist with one or more demonstration rain gardens. This is part of the Colorado Stormwater Center Rain Garden Pilot Program.


Capacitación para el instalador certificado de jardínes de lluvia (jardines pluviales)

Fecha: 16 de agosto

De 15:00 a 19:00 horas

Regístrese aquí:

Descripción: Gracias por su interés en obtener el certificado de instalador de jardines de lluvia. Para ser certificado, tendrá que asistir al curso virtual bilingüe de 3 horas (o ver la grabación despues). Esto es parte del Programa Piloto de Jardines de Lluvia del Centro de Aguas Pluviales de Colorado.


What is a rain garden? 

It is a landscaped feature that replaces an area of your lawn in order to collect the stormwater (rain and melted snow) that runs off your grass, roof and driveway. This shallow depression has loose, deep soil that absorbs and naturally filters the runoff, delaying and filtering it before entering the storm drain system and, eventually, our waterways. (slow it, spread it and sink it)

What is the problem?

As stormwater runs over streets, parking lots, and lawns it can pick up and carry many kinds of materials that get washed into storm drains. Storm drains are specialized drainage systems designed to handle an excess of water from flooding or heavy rainfall. They lead directly into the nearest water body. Large objects are screened out, but the water is not filtered and is carried to nearby streams and lakes. This leads to stormwater pollution!

Why build a rain garden?

Rain gardens are not only beautiful and creative, but they are also functional. By planting a rain garden, you can help maintain the natural water cycle while protecting local rivers, lakes, fish and drinking water sources.

Rain gardens:

  • Limit the amount of water that enters the local storm drain system
  • Reduce the potential for flooding, drainage problems and stream bank erosion
  • Reduce the quantity of pollutants that run from our yards and roads straight into our waterways
  • Improves water quality naturally by filtering water through plants and soil profile
  • Restore and recharge our groundwater and water system
  • Are low maintenance. They are planted with beautiful, hardy plants that require little to no watering
  • Attract birds, butterflies and beneficial insects, such as mosquito-consuming dragonflies
  • Complement any style of landscape and enhance the beauty of the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Conserve water by using natives and reducing turf grass
  • Compared to a patch of lawn, a rain garden allows about 30% more water to soak into the ground!

 Bilingual Rain Barrel Presentation City of Greeley 2022 (English) - YouTube

Conservación de agua en el jardín con barriles de lluvia (bilingüe)

Recorded Presentations

Grouping your Plants for Compatibility and Style

March 24th, 2021

Planning and Planting in Dry Shade

March 10th, 2021

Planning and Planting in Dry Shade Presentation

Previous Presentations

Landscape Lecture Series

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