Welcome to Raingarden Place - "Everything Rain Garden"

Raingarden -- "When it Rains it Stores"

What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is an eco-responsible solution for protecting our rivers and lakes from water pollution and shoreland erosion caused by increased rainfall runoff due to the destruction of natural habitats being replaced with impervious landcover (roofs, driveways, sidewalks, roads, lawns).

Curbside Rain Garden

Rain gardens are native perennial gardens strategically placed to collect (and re-direct) rain water runoff from impervious surfaces, such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks and yards. The purpose is to minimize erosion and filter out harmful pollutants before reaching our streams, rivers and lakes.

A rainwater garden is basically a sunken garden that is planted with deep rooted, native, drought tolerant perennial plants that can handle wet soil conditions. Native plants are recommended for rain gardens because they generally don't require fertilizer and are hardy to your growing zone.

The rainwater flows towards the rain garden (versus running directly to the storm sewer) and then seeps through the ground, purified nature's way, before it reaches the water table below - and eventually our streams, rivers and lakes. The plant roots absorb most of the pollutants and the ground filters out the rest.

Rain garden in Aug

Winter Interest Winter Interest in the Raingarden.

Key benefits of Rain gardens:

Rainwater gardens are not water gardens and will not be mosquito breeding areas. They are 'engineered' to minimize standing water to less than 4 hours after a 1 inch rainfall. See the links tab for a 'how-to' manual for determining location, area and depth of your raingarden based on local climate, soil types, terrain, and the location and size of non-pervious surfaces. Rain gardens are becoming a crucial part of city comprehensive plans and a way to fulfill runoff control requirements for new construction.

We live on the bank of the Mississippi River and installed our raingarden primarily out of concern of bank erosion. After 5 years, the bluff line has not changed, the plants are mature and are being split and shared, and hopefully our small 'slice' of the Mighty Mississippi River is a little bit healthier for all.