What is a rain garden?
A garden designed as a shallow depression to collect water that runs off your roof, driveway and other paved surfaces.
Why plant a rain garden?
- Increase the amount of water that filters into the ground and recharges aquifers
- Protect our community from flooding
- Protect streams and lakes from pollutants- lawn fertilizers, pesticides, oil and other car fluids
- Enhance the beauty of our yards and neighborhoods
- Provide habitat for beneficial insects, butterflies and birds
How does a rain garden help?
It improves water quality and reduces water quantity.
- The garden acts as a filter and improves water quality by removing pollutants and excess nutrients (including fertilizer)
- Reduces the volume and speed of run off (water quantity) by promoting infiltration into the ground water supply
What a rain garden ISN’T
- Swampy, wet area that does not drain
- Seasonal pond
- Breeding ground for mosquitoes
Rain Garden Workshop Lecture Notes and Plant List
Rain Garden Lecture Notes
Comprehensive Rain Garden Plant List
Visit StormwaterPA.org for an excellent video on rain gardens.