Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens help reduce water pollution by collecting rain mainly from roofs, driveways, or other hard surfaces, and absorbing the water into the ground naturally. They are typically planted with wildflowers or native plants that have deep roots, which help to soak up more water. They can be placed near downspouts on homes (although away from building foundations and sewer laterals), and offer many benefits.

What are the benefits of Rain Gardens?

  • Beautify your yard and neighborhood
  • Help protect our streams and Lake Michigan from pollution by reducing stormwater runoff
  • Reduce the risk of flooding and drainage problems
  • Provide habitat for pollinators and birds
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Rain Garden Resources

Information and resources

How to Install a Rain Garden

It's quick and easy to install a rain garden, this video will show you how.

Benefits of Rain Gardens

Gardening expert, Melinda Myers, explains the benefits of rain gardens.

Selecting Plants for Rain Gardens

Melinda Myers offers a few of her favorite rain garden plants to help you get started.

Curious about how you can create a more sustainable home in Wisconsin? Try a rain barrelinstall natural landscaping or plant stormwater trees.


For questions on how to get started with your porous pavement project, or how to implement any of our green strategies, contact us.