Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the ground towards which water from roof downspouts, driveways, the street, or other sources can be directed. During a rain storm, the depression will pool up with water which then soaks, or infiltrates, into the ground even after the storm is over. These depressions are planted with grasses and flowering perennials that tolerate, or even enjoy, extreme wet conditions. In addition to providing an eye-pleasing landscape, these plants can help soak up the water through transpiration. Depending on the types of plants in the garden, they may also provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds, and other wildlife.

Things to consider when designing a rain garden:

  • Location where water may pool
  • Volume of water
  • Soil type and condition
  • Sun exposure

For work packets on designing and installing rain gardens, consider these resources!

CLICK HERE to go directly to the Lorain County Master Rain Gardener coursepack. Partnered with the Washtenaw County Master Rain Gardener program, which can be found HERE.

CLICK HERE to go to the Lorain County Stormwater Management District Education website. Look for the "Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners" link.