Local News / February 7, 2014

Planning For Drought Is Workshop Focus

Jill Sheridan
Planning For Drought Is Workshop Focus

It's hard to imagine the severe drought and relentless heat of the past few summers, but that's exactly what they're doing at a workshop planned for Saturday.

The program will explore drought tolerant plants, landscaping in a changing climate and water consevation.  They are warmer topics that might be nice to think of, but planning for our extreme weather patterns has become a neccessity. 

Claire Lane with the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District says the workshop will also highlight the county's Backyard Conservation Program.

"Being faced with persistant drought every summer, we figured that it was a good time to avoid frustration and expense and actually plan with appropriate decisions," explains Lane.

The workshop will offer homeowner's tips on what type of plants are more drought tolerant.  Most discussions will focus on native plants that have proven to withstand drought conditions. 

Sessions begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Cool Creek Nature Center.  There is a $10 fee per household.