10 Ways to Help the Garden

By Kate Gardiner, RORG Communications Manager

There are many ways to help the garden – and not all of them involve getting on your hands and knees in the dirt! Here are ten ways to help the garden:

  1. Get in the garden! We are always looking for more people to tidy, prune, weed, and admire the plants. Sign up for the email list here.
  2. Write a guest blog on a topic related to gardening, green infrastructure, or a topic close to you. You can see some example guest blogs here, here, and here.
  3. Purchase something off RORG’s Amazon Wish List. The garden and volunteers could always use some more supplies!
  4. Become a volunteer rain gauge watcher. We measure precipitation daily and report to CoCoRaHS. To become a rain gauge watcher, email Layne at lknoch2@illinois.edu.
  5. Photograph the garden, plants, pollinators, and other visitors! Tag us or send the photos to us at redoakraingarden@gmail.com, we love to share them.
  6. Create and post a featured guest series on social media. We love the variety of knowledge and perspectives that others can bring. You can see examples of our previous student spotlight series here and here.
  7. Pick up any litter you see around the garden. Thanks to Facilities & Services, a dual recycling and trash receptacle will be placed near the garden in the spring.
  8. Amplify RORG’s benefits to rivers and streams by building your own rain garden at your home or business. You can find our rain garden guide here.
  9. Spread the word about the Red Oak Rain Garden! The more people who know about the garden, the more people who can utilize and appreciate it.
  10. Donate to build the bridge. COVID-19 delayed both the bridge and our fundraising campaign, which is now in full force. Triple your impact by donating now.

The garden and the RORG team appreciate any help that you can offer! 💖

Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)
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