Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens help reduce roof rainwater runoff and improve water quality...


What's a Rain Garden?  


A Rain Garden is NOT a garden that has standing water, even though its name kind of sounds like it.

Rather, Rain Gardens are gardens that contain flowering plants and grasses (preferably native species of both) that can survive in soil soaked with water from rain water.  


Rain Gardens are attractive additions to your yard, and they collect and slow stormwater run off and increase its infiltration into the soil.

By helping reduce the rapid flow of stormwater from homes and businesses to storm drains, Rain Gardens protect streams, rivers, and lakes from pollutants that are washed from house roofs.  


Rain Gardens...  

  • reduce potential of basement flooding.


  • improve or eliminate wet spots in yard


  1. Raingardens are small ponds.  BUSTED! 

  2. Raingardens breed mosquitoes.  BUSTED!

  3. Raingardens cost too much to install.



For more information about Rain Gardens:


For a listing of Indiana Native Plants

Imitating Nature with Raingardens

What is a Raingarden?

where can a raingarden go?

A raingarden is NOT:


-A retention pond


-Designed to hold water for over 24 hours


-A wetland


-A haven for mosquitos

St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District Plymouth Service Center 2903 Gary Drive, Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: 574-936-2024 Ext. 4 Fax: 855-496-7861. Please direct comments or concerns to info@stjosephswcd.org or call 574-936-2024 Ext 4.

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