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The City of Evanston is encouraging residents to participate in the Evanston Environmental Association’s (EEA) Livable Landscapes Program, which provides community members with assistance practicing water-absorbing and habitat-friendly landscaping in their yards.

Through partnerships with Nature’s Perspective Landscapeing, Logic Lawn Care and Greenwise, the program is designed to help community members develop solutions to stormwater management on their property. The joint initiative consists of workshops, a supporting guide, and a specially designed set of stormwater absorbing plants that can be ordered online. Proceeds benefit the EEA.

Program participants can select from a list of plants that are hardy and well-suited for flood-prone areas, as well as landscape design plans for rain garden installations of different sizes. An order form is available at evanstonenvironment.org/livablelandscapes. There is a minimum purchase order of $50, before tax, to participate in the program. Prices do not include labor costs.

Free workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 26 and June 20 at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. The workshops will provide information about how to plant and maintain rain gardens and install rain barrels to help manage flooding and reduce water consumption.

As part of the City’s Residential Rain Barrel Program, in partnership with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), residential property owners can order up to four free 55-gallon rain barrels to use on their property. Rainwater collected by rain barrels can be used for lawn and garden watering during the hotter summer months, plant watering, and car and window washing. Learn more at cityofevanston.org/rainbarrel.

Those wishing to learn more about the Livable Landscapes program and download the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association’s free Guide to Small-Scale Rain Gardens may go to evanstonenvironment.org/livablelandscapes. Questions may be emailed to livablelandscapes@evanstonenvironment.org.