Gardening news roundup for August 25, 2022

GEAUGA COUNTY

Rain barrels. The Geauga Soil Conservation District is rolling out the barrels from its 2022 Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign. Through this community initiative, local artists are turning 55-gallon recycled plastic barrels into rain barrels.

By capturing runoff from rooftops to water landscapes, lawns, and flower gardens, these ornate barrels help save water, mitigate flooding, and reduce stormwater pollution. Five artists each painted a barrel that uniquely reflects the natural, cultural, agricultural, or historical resources of Geauga County.

This year’s artists and their masterpieces include: “The Goddess of the Wetlands” by Julie Bell, “Dusk” by Yvonne Delgado Thomas, “200 Years” by Bob Kolcum, “Patchwork Geauga” by Beth Halasz and Edible Ohio by Florida Forreal. .

These decorated rain barrels will be on display at the Geauga SWCD office, Geauga County Fair and District Annual Meeting on October 18 and are available to bid at those locations or at geaugaswcd.com until 3 p.m., October 20. Be sure to check the current bid amount of each barrel before submitting a bid.

All proceeds will go to district education programs. For more information, visit geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122.

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