Pam Combs, Karen Jones, Emma Ramsey and Page Carter
The Garden Club of Norfolk, partnering with the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, will design and construct a rain garden that will capture and treat storm water in the watershed of the Lafayette River. This project will serve as a pilot project for other organizations in the Hampton Roads area to implement. Storm water is the number one source of new pollution to waterways in urban areas. In Hampton Roads, this pollution is contributing to deadly algae blooms that kill fish and make and water recreation and swimming hazardous. The rain garden will feature native plants and will be highly visible to the community. The garden’s purpose will be to treat storm water runoff from the museum’s adjacent parking lot, thereby protecting water quality and improving wildlife habitat.

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