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CONTACT: Philip Miller, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302- 302-672-1149; email:; or Alice Mohrman, Delaware Natural Society, 302-422-0847; email: 

Watershed-healthy “Smartyard” workshop series
offered by Reclaim Our River-Nanticoke program

DOVER (April 17, 2015) – A series of free watershed-healthy “Smartyard” workshops is the latest opportunity from Reclaim Our River (ROR) Nanticoke Series – a program that has partnered with DNREC, the Delaware Nature Society (DNS), the Chesapeake Bay Trust, National Wildlife Federation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to raise water quality awareness in the Nanticoke Watershed through monthly educational and recreational activities. 

Lakeside Greenhouses in Laurel will host the first of three Smartyard workshops Saturday, April 25 – which ROR partners invite participants to attend and learn how to create a Smartyard garden of colorful native plants. Attendees will learn techniques for beautifying a yard to attract butterflies and birds while their Smartyard landscaping efforts work in synergy toward improving local water health. 

Workshop topics for the series include selecting native plants to suit your yard; creating bird-friendly habitat; supporting beneficial pollinators; rain gardens; rain barrels; and low-maintenance and healthy lawns. Participants will be entered for a drawing of a free rain barrel kit provided by DNREC, and those participants living in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed may be eligible to receive free plants, a bird house, or a rain barrel. 

Workshop participants also will learn how to have their yard certified as a “Wildlife Habitat” by DNS. Such certification means that proper care of for your yard helps to improve waterways while also providing food, water and cover for wildlife to raise their young and thrive.  

                           Upcoming Smartyard workshops





Lakeside Greenhouses

31494 Greenhouse Lane
Laurel, DE 19956

April 25

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Jeff's Greenhouses

7781 Main Street

Bethel, DE 19931

May 16

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Soroptimist Park

1158 Middleford Road

Seaford, DE 19973

June 13

9 - 11 a.m.

Family event: 11 a.m. –Noon








Information on additional events, workshops and recreational opportunities hosted by the ROR partnership can be found here. A calendar of events can be found here.

Reclaim Our River partners, including DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship, support citizens’ efforts for green communities and also would like to remind residents that what’s done on your land directly affects the quality of your drinking water and water you use for recreation. You can help to ensure clean, safe, water for people and wildlife by creating a Smartyard.

To register for a workshop or for more information, please contact Alice Mohrman, Delaware Nature Society-Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, 302-422-0847, or email:

Vol. 45, No. 113

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