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Designing and Planting the Rain Garden - Martha Oliver

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Friday, May 20, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Friday, May 20, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Did you know that rain gardens (bioswales) keep storm water and groundwater out of the sewage system by using plants to absorb the extra water? That certain prairie plants thrive with periodic emundation followed by periods of extreme drought? Or the resulting garden is perennial, useful, and beautiful; and annual mowing or burning is the only required maintenance? To learn more about rain gardens, join Martha Oliver to build one this spring at Touchstone, and then go home and plant your own! Martha Oliver, who is employed as a gardener at Powdermill Nature Reserve and the Field Station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, taught ecological landscape design at Chatham University’s Graduate School of Landscape Architecture for ten years. She has also designed and installed dozens of private and public gardens in the area.

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.

 

Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.

 

Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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