Rain Barrel Workshops

Florida receives an average of 56 inches of rainfall per year. An inch of rainfall over a 1000sq.ft. area yields in excess of 600 gallons of water. A rain barrel is an inexpensive means of capturing and storing some of this water  for later use. By installing a rain barrel you will not only help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff, but also have a supply of free non-chlorinated Ph neutral water for watering your vegetable garden, prize orchids, potted plants and much more!

Learn about water conservation issues and how to construct and install your very own rain barrel. We can bring the rain barrel & water conservation workshops to your:



Garden Club

Association Meetings


All rain barrel workshops include a showerhead and light bulb exchange courtesy of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.

Right Plant, Right Place and Plant Raffle

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principal Right Plant, Right Place is #1 for a reason! Learn more about plants that grow is our unique South Florida environment that are drought tolerant and know where in your landscape they will thrive. We provide  information and links to plant data bases and bring plants grown in our shadehouse garden for you to take home to your garden at all Rain Barrel/Water Conservation Workshops. Plants are raffled at the end of the workshop.


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Workshops are FREE. To purchase a rain barrel it's $40.  You must register ahead of time to purchase a rain barrel. Please sign up if you plan to attend one of the workshops below so we know how many people are attending.

Please contact Lize Luna to register
305-248-3311 ext. 242

For additional information contact
Barbara McAdam  ext. 245

Registration Forms

Payment must be made in the form of personal check or money order. We can not accept cash or credit cards.

Location & Time

Saturday,             January 24, 2015

Registration form

Zoo Miami

12400 SW 152 Street

Miami, Florida 33177

10:00 - Noon

Saturday,           February 21, 2015

Registration form

Historic Doc Thomas House

5530 Sunset Drive

Miami, Florida 33143

10:00 - Noon

Saturday,             March 28, 2015

Registration form

Native Plant Day
AD Barnes Park

3401 SW 72nd Ave

Miami, Florida 33155

10:00 - Noon

Saturday,           April 19, 2015

Registration form

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

2000 Convention Center Drive

Miami, Florida 33139

10:00 - Noon

Please note that Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension does not sell rain barrels. Rain barrels are made available only to individuals who attend educational workshops. You may also complete the online presentation and answer 2 simple questions and schedule a time to pick up a rain barrel at our Extension Office.

Questions are:

What is your personal daily water usage number?

List 3 ways you will save water in your home and garden.

Retail barrel suppliers can be found by looking under the listings for "Barrels & Drums" in your local yellow pages.

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Making a Rain Barrel (video)

High Speed Connections Build & Install (17 MB)
Use & source (14 MB)

Dial Up Connections
Build & Install (2 MB)
Use & source (1.5 MB)

Water Use Calculator