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The Takoma Horticultural Club presents
Sligo Park Hills Stormwater Tour
Wednesday, August 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

This event is free & open to the public

Sligo Park Hills is one of the newest local Neighborhood Stormwater Projects, chosen and implemented by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection Rainscapes Program. This project has been several years in the making: locations were chosen, mapped and drawn, meetings were held with residents and block by block the projects were honed. They are now almost all installed, full curbing put in and streets mostly repaved.

Among the kinds of stormwater collection facilities installed are: bioswales (planted landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water and infiltrate some of that water), pervious parking pads, and tree boxes. Often the projects are connected by under-drains to handle water that can’t be absorbed by the facility. The bioswales and tree boxes have been planted with native plants. This was no do-it- yourself project. It involved heavy equipment, digging out holes 4 feet deep, dump trucks, use of specialized water retention boxes wrapped in landscape cloth, drainable replacement soil, gravel, rocks, and careful planning for the layout to drain correctly. Now we can watch as the plants grow in and the maintenance proceeds.

You are invited to tour this project with us. Take the Ride-on or park, especially on Hilltop Rd where there are more parking pads. We will meet at the corner of Hilltop and Park Valley, just off Piney Branch Rd. The tour will run from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We will divide in smaller groups, depending on how many show up.

Since we will have a “Stormwater Social” starting at 8 pm after the tour, it would be helpful if you could RSVP to Carole (cagalati@rcn.com) so we can plan for refreshments.

Tour Leaders
Kit Gage: Master Watershed Steward and resident/activist Sligo Park Hills and Tour Coordinator

Mary Travaglini: MLA Planning Specialist, Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County

Jenny Reed: Master Watershed Steward




The Takoma Horticultural Club (THC) welcomes gardeners from Takoma Park and surrounding areas, including DC, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and beyond. Our members love gardening, have very diverse interests and gardening experience, and enjoy many activities throughout the year. The THC Program includes two plant exchanges, two potluck dinners, a local garden tour, workshops, lectures, special trips, and even a free garden consultation. Although many of our events are open to the public, more than half are for members only. And for $12, you can’t go wrong! Join us and increase your gardening pleasure!

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