What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a shallow, saucer-shaped garden featuring native perennial plants and grasses. It is designed to absorb stormwater run-off from impervious surfaces such as roof tops, driveways and sidewalks. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, allowing it to naturally soak into the ground. For every inch of rain that falls on a surface area of 1,000 square feet, approximately 600 gallons of rainwater is generated! Homeowners can help reduce the amount of run-off water flowing from their property by planting a rain garden.
Benefits of Planting a Rain Garden
- Natural filtration of stormwater run-off, protecting our local waterways from pollutants
- Slowly infiltrating water helps replenish groundwater supplies
- Can help solve flooding/drainage problems in your yard
- Reduces the amount of lawn you need to water, mow and maintain
- Add beauty and 'curb appeal' to your property
- Create habitat for birds and butterflies
Eastside Park Rain Garden
After much planning, a rain garden has been planted at Eastside Park, by the parking lot behind the Community Building. Fall of 2018 marks the third year for the garden, and the plants are growing well. Some adjustments have been made to the back berm, and more plants have been added. Click here for the complete plant list. Below are photos of the rain garden from the start to the present day.