After a two-year absence, the Westlake Rain & Garden Show made a triumphant return in April. The event took place at the Westlake Community Services Center.
There were also several interesting activities and crafts for children, including instructions on how to plant their own garden, coloring materials and more. The first 100 children received free gift bags.
Due to popular demand, organizers have extended the Kid Zone for an additional hour, with new stops for children’s passports. Door prizes were awarded every half hour from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Passeport participation. Attendees were asked to bring book donations for the new Goodwill Bookstore in Westlake.
The theme planned for this year was “native plants”. Native plants are indigenous to a given geographic area in geologic time. When creating a small garden or restoring acres of land, you should choose to plant native plants. These plants support local wildlife and play a huge role in soil and water conservation. Native plants offer solutions to environmental problems as well as the assortment of colors, shapes and textures that command attention.
To learn more about why you should plant native plants, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website at ohiodnr.gov/gonative.