Rain Garden



Rain gardens function like miniature natural watersheds. They slow down, capture and absorb water using elements similar to those in nature: plants, rocks, shallow swales and depressions that hold water temporarily rather than let it quickly run away. Rain gardens improve water quality in lakes and rivers by reducing siltation, and they minimize flooding and loss of soil. They reduce costs associated with topsoil loss in agriculture and reduce erosion damage along river edges. Use of rain gardens also can save tax dollars by reducing the need for communities to build larger storm-water retention facilities. They provide beauty, natural diversity and wildlife habitat in areas that otherwise would be a monoculture of lawns, pavement, concrete culverts and storm drains. This landscaping style increasingly is used by homeowners, commercial and residential developments, and by cities for park beautification.

Rain Garden

This Rain Garden was created in 2006 using native plants. The design was created based on the original topography to collect rain water from nearby buildings and provide a beautiful setting for an outdoor patio.