Why Harvest Rainwater?
- Irrigation: Harvested rainwater can be used to irrigate landscape beds, butterfly gardens, rain gardens, and container plants, as well as to create wildlife features such as birdbaths or butterfly puddling areas.
- Stormwater Runoff: Rainwater harvesting manages polluted runoff by decreasing the volume of stormwater that moves across the landscape, transporting pollutants, such as fertilizers, pet waste, sediment, and litter, to nearby waterways.
- Flooding & Erosion Issues: This practice can also be used to manage flooding and erosion around the foundation of a building.
Rain Barrel Art Review
Call For Artists:
The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium is proud to present the Rain Barrel Art Review. The contest is open to schools and community groups in Florence County and Darlington County. Finished barrels will be displayed at the Duck Cup/Earth Day at Kalmia Gardens, where visitors vote for their favorite. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in two divisions (school or community group). Barrels are then returned to participants for installation at a public location such as a school, library, church, or community center.
2021 Rain Barrel Art Review dates will be announced at a later date.
- Complete the Rain Barrel Art Review Application.
- Once notified of acceptance, groups must pick up their barrels from the Florence or Darlington County Extension Offices.
- Finished barrels must be dropped off at Kalmia Gardens on the morning of the festival.
Decorating Your Barrel:
Each selected school or community group will receive:
- 1 pre-assembled white or blue plastic rain barrel
- 2 cans of white primer for basecoat
- 2 cans of clear sealant as topcoat
Participants are responsible for providing all other paints and supplies. Once the barrel has been primed, any paint can be used. All materials must be suitable for long-term outdoor use.
What Happens to The Finished Barrels?
Barrels will be judged at the Earth Day/Duck Cup event from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Judging will be according to popular vote for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in two divisions (school or community group). Winners will be notified the following week.
Please note that all participants must agree to install the barrel at a public location such as a school, library, church, or community center. Barrels will be returned to participants one week after judging.
Past Entries and Winners