This past week found me planting a series of Rain Gardens in Lake George, composed entirely of native plants. Pictured here is the shade garden.

20120525-215559.jpg Species include Wild Columbine, Heart Leafed Aster, Wild Ginger, Great Blue Lobelia, Cardinal Flower, Foamflower, Alumroot, Culver’s Root and Trillium. These gardens are engineered to prevent erosion from storm runoff. The native plants put down long roots and absorb tremendous amounts of water. Every year the roots die back, giving the soil excellent aeration.

20120525-224546.jpg This demonstration poster was produced by the Lake George Fund. The Lake George Waterkeeper encourages all lakeside residents to learn about rain garden design and organic gardening methods.