Have a barrel of fun at the Rickman Store, plus learn a few things

Learn how to make your own rain barrel, create a stormwater wetland and about habitat rehabilitation projects in general at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, at Rickman Store in Cowee Valley.

This event is in Macon County, part of the Gardening for Wildlife Series.

Doug Johnson of Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District will explain how to construct a “rain garden” or stormwater wetland, and he will share information about potential financial assistance to homeowners and businesses interested in habitat rehabilitation projects.  

Debbie and Frank Leslie will then demonstrate how to make a simple rain barrel from a plastic garbage can. Participants are encouraged to bring their own if they wish to make one on the spot.  

The Rickman Store is located on 259 Cowee Creek Road, next to Cowee Elementary School, seven miles north of Franklin on N.C. 28. 828.349.5201 or visit the Rickman Store on Fridays from 10 to 5 p.m.

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