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Become a Master Rain Gardener!

2018 Master Rain Gardener Official Course Countdown!

2018 Course Details:

Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Dates: July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 9th, August 23rd

LocationPlymouth Township Hall, 9955 N Haggerty Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170
Cost: $89 (scholarships available)
Requirements: Participants must attend all five classes and plant or adopt a rain garden to receive their Master Rain Gardener certificate and t-shirt (yes, there are t-shirts!).
Questions: contact Matthew Bertrand

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About the Master Rain Gardener program

The Master Rain Gardener Training Program began in Washtenaw County in 2010, developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall. Since that time, hundreds of gardeners have earned certification as a Master Rain Gardener and built beautiful rain gardens! Rain Gardens filter and cool stormwater so that our streams and rivers run clean. It is a nonpoint solution for nonpoint source pollution. During class, you will…

  • Design your own rain garden step-by-step
  • Receive friendly encouragement each step of the way from course instructors, past graduates, and fellow students
  • Become your neighborhood’s expert on rain gardens!

Add your name to the Master Rain Gardener Hall of Fame!

Self-Certification Option: Check Out Last Year’s Online Course!

Watch the recording of the 2017 online Master Rain Gardener Course offered by Washtenaw County’s Water Resources Commissioner’s office. To learn more about the next online course, visit https://www.washtenaw.org/675/Master-Rain-Gardener-Class. If you build a rain garden on your own after watching the recordings, contact us about getting your certification!

Developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Course 1: Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Course 2: Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Course 3: Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Course 4: Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Course 4.5: Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan, and Shannan Gibb-Randall
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Course 5: Master Rain Gardener Volunteer Training Program

Course Instructors

Photo of Matthew Bertrand

Matthew Bertrand, ASLA
RainSmart Program Coordinator | Landscape Designer

Matthew has designed and installed over 40 rain gardens. He earned a Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan. Matthew worked previously for MSU Extension and the Grand Traverse Conservation District helping people get more out of their gardens.

Cyndi Ross, River Restoration Program Manager

Cynthia Ross
River Restoration Program Manager

Cyndi leads Friends of the Rouge’s Rain Gardens to the Rescue program in partnership with the Sierra Club, as well as Rouge Rescue, which engages thousands of people every year to clean and steward the river. Cyndi has installed 70+ rain gardens and mentored over 80 homeowners planting rain gardens.