Chautauqua Institution is building strong roots. Literally.
While most Chautauquans were home for the winter, the gardens, landscapes, buildings and grounds staff and crews were busy continuing to make Chautauqua Institution a more sustainable community.
In the fight against the degradation of Chautauqua Lake’s waters, lakeshore gardens are the final defenders against the onslaught of nutrient-filled storm runoff.
Flower, rock, perennial and rain gardens are a few of the many types of gardens people create. A rain garden slows down the flow of rainwater to benefit the environment.
Ryan Kiblin, supervisor of gardens and landscaping since 2004, will present “Why Rain Gardens Really Work” as the Monday Lake Walk for Week Six. The presentation is at 6:30 p.m. today on the covered porch of Heinz Fitness Center, below the YAC, on South Lake Drive at the corner of South.
Kiblin will explain what a rain garden is and how the particular garden on Peck works. The group will walk to it, and she will show how attendees can take that example and turn it into a small-scale project for their own yards.