City of Burien holding Rain Garden Workshop this Saturday, June 17

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Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training – aka DIRT Corps – is building ten residential rain gardens in partnership with the City of Burien Government, and will be holding a Workshop on June 17.

Participants will “learn and do” as they plant the first three rain gardens with Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training – DIRT Corps, the Community Partnership Environmental Training Program, who is contracted for the project. Workshop instruction will be available in both English and Spanish and no experience is necessary

For more information, visit

Workshop starting location: 11935 8th Ave SW in Burien


  • 9:00 – 9:15 am. Welcome and Introductions – Mary Eidmann, City of Burien and Cari Simson, DIRTCorps
  • 9:15 – 9:30 am. Site Analysis: Determining rain garden size based on rainfall, roof size, and gutter placement – Jaén Gomez, DIRTCorps
  • 9:30 – 9:45 am. Rain Garden Plant Selection – Roseann Barnhill, Aster Rosa Ecology and Design
  • 9:45 – 10:00 am. How to plant: Proper planting technique, plant intro and demo with words of wisdom from the crew – DIRT Crew
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am. Plant and Mulch – Everyone
  • 11:00 – 11:15 am. Travel to next Rain Garden planting at 11238 14th Ave S in Burien – Everyone
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm. Plant and Mulch – Everyone
  • 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm. Travel to next Rain Garden planting at 1021 SW 150th St in Burien – Everyone
  • 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm. Plant and Mulch – Everyone
  • 12:50 pm – 1:00 pm. Closing Remarks: Wrap up, raffle prizes, and award Certificate of Training for volunteers – Mary Eidmann, City of Burien and Cari Simson, DIRTCorps


  • Raffle drawing
  • Refreshments
  • Tools


  • Water bottle
  • Gardening clothes

Also note on that the same day (Saturday, June 17) the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival is happening. Come see us, and if you have time, visit the festival downtown. It’s a festive day to be out!

Info on the Wild Strawberry Festival:

“We hope to see you in Burien!”

Prior to June 17, DIRT Corps will also hold three smaller community demonstrations on how to build a rain garden. See our other events on the events page for more details.

Community Demonstration Days:

  • Monday, 6/12, 12noon – 1pm
    11935 8th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98146
  • Tuesday, 6/13, 12noon – 1pm
    1021 SW 150th St, Burien WA 98168

Support for this project is provided in part by the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.

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