Rain Gardens

More Resources

The Rain Garden Alliance is a good resource, and includes a rain garden size calculator.

North Carolina State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum offers a wealth of information on rain gardens.

Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for articles on stormwater runoff and management. 

EPA also provides a training PowerPoint for developing green infrastructure, including rain gardens.

A rain garden will bring more life to your garden while combating one of the main sources of water pollution in our nation.

Quick Tips for Rain Gardens:

  • Adds beauty and biodiversity to your landscape
  • Provides food, shelter and nesting sites for birds
  • Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
  • Filters polluted runoff water before it is returned to groundwater
  • Helps to conserve and improve water quality
  • Reduces maintenance, no mowing or watering

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a natural or manmade depression filled with moisture loving, native plants. It is designed to capture runoff water from impervious surfaces like roofs and driveways. The water that collects will be filtered and absorbed back into the ground in one or two days. It will not always have standing water like a pond.

Why Build a Rain Garden

Rain gardens have become very popular in the past few years and that’s good news for our environment. After it rains or when the snow melts there is a substantial amount of runoff water. The water runs off roofs and driveways and into storm drains. So, what’s wrong with that? Storm water runoff is considered one of the main sources of water pollution in our nation. As the water runs off it becomes polluted with things like: oil, salt, fertilizer, pesticides and pet waste etc. Most of the time that water isn’t treated and runs right into our ponds, lakes and rivers. Building a rain garden will help you keep runoff to a minimum. Besides that, they are beautiful and provide habitats for birds, beneficial insects like butterflies and maybe even a frog or two.

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