Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are shallow depressions filled with native plants designed to catch stormwater runoff from roof gutters, streets, parking lots or other areas.


Learn how to design a rain garden. (pdf)

photo: residential rain garden

Rain gardens help manage stormwater as a resource rather than channeling it to storm drains which lead directly to area creeks, rivers and lakes. Managing stormwater onsite with rain gardens reduces downstream erosion, flooding, and pollution and recharges the groundwater aquifer.

The Missouri Botanical Garden Rainscaping Guide is a great resource for determining if a rain garden or bioswale is best for your yard.