Donated by Keira & Brian Smith, Bob & Lenore Munigle

About: Showcasing innovative garden design that incorporates native plantings, the Lower Rain Garden is a developed vegetated depression that is naturally positioned to collect this property’s stormwater runoff. By incorporating strategically chosen plants, we can transform areas that are susceptible to runoff in our properties or yards into rain gardens that take advantage of natural water flows—and counteract erosion or the other potentially destructive effects of water runoff.

Objective: Water conservation and the preservation of the natural water cycle; watershed management and water quality improvement; flood and erosion control; organic management; establishing a native herbaceous wetland.

Curriculum Content: The water cycle, watersheds, stormwater management practices, water conservation, horticulture, herbaceous wetland ecosystems.

The Suburban Landscape: Stormwater harvesting, flood control, erosion reduction

The Catch Basin: The Lower Rain Garden has been placed at the lowest point on the site and receives most of the stormwater runoff from the catch basin.

For a full overview of the Lower Rain Garden, please click here: Lower_Rain_Garden.pdf

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