Athens gets rain garden features

IF YOU GOWhat: Wetlands Discovery FestivalWhen: 5:30-10 p.m. FridayWhere: E.G. Fisher Public Library, 1289 Ingleside Drive, Athens, Tenn.Events: Featured speaker is North Carolina naturalist, herbalist and storyteller Doug Elliott; there also will be vendors selling rain barrels, native plants, books and recordings.Cost: Free

ATHENS, Tenn. - After a year of work, a new wetlands project is being celebrated this week.

Athens and the E.G. Fisher Public Library will host the event at the library to mark the completion of the project, which accompanies an arboretum walk beside Oostanaula Creek and an amphitheater.

"Before, it was just a field, a grassy field,'' said Liz Thigpen, children's librarian.

Now it is a spot with shallow water, wildflowers, occasional geese and other wildlife, all within a few steps of the library.

Shawn Lindsey, Athens Public Works director, secured a U.S.