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Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens Help the Environment

  • Storm water running over driveways, fertilized lawns, and streets can pick up pollutants and wash them into nearby waterways. By redirecting storm water into rain gardens, water pollution can be reduced.
  • Rain gardens also �
    • provide habitat for wildlife such as birds and butterflies.
    • can reduce flooding and recharge groundwater.
    • can beautify an area by adding islands of attractive plants.

What are Rain Gardens?

  • Rain gardens are sunken perennial or shrub gardens with both water and drought-tolerant plants.
  • Rain gardens are primarily designed to manage storm water runoff by directing rain water from rooftops and lawns into the garden where it can infiltrate into the ground.
  • Rain gardens are designed to stay ponded for only a few hours after a storm (so they do not support habitat for mosquitoes).

Note: Rain gardens should be located far enough away from foundations to avoid the possibility of wet basements.

Rain Garden Design Resources

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Other Information 

Backyard Conservation Tip Sheets


For more information, contact Vivian Felten, (860) 688-7725, Ext. 118.