In the Garden: April

By Layne Knoche, RORG Landscape Designer

Welcome to April at the Red Oak Rain Garden! This will be a special month for years to come, as the garden’s new additions of Virginia Bluebells, Shooting Star, Wild Hyacinth, and Woodland Phlox will bloom alongside the established populations of Foamflower, Rue Anemone, Wild Ginger, and Celandine Poppy. Building on their amazing groundcover qualities, Pennsylvania Sedge and Rosy Sedge are both currently in bloom, adding additional interest throughout the shaded areas of the garden.

Photos by Layne Knoche & Eliana Brown

The rain garden has only really been tested once so far this year with a heavy rain, but as spring progresses, we can expect more of those rain events. Remember to stay out of your rain gardens when the soil is wet to avoid compacting the soil!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers, who prepped the garden for the growing season. More volunteers are needed throughout the growing season to help with various garden-care activities. Interested? Send us an email at or contact us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Our volunteers now get to use new RORG tools and equipment! The purchase of these tools was made possible by our amazing supporters and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Community Stewardship Challenge Grant.

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