Rain Garden at ACNW
By catching that water, rather than just letting it fall directly off the edge of the roof, we can now spread it over a larger area, and filter it through the soil, before it enters the culvert near the driveway. The soil of our rain garden area is composed of a mix of materials that allows the water to slowly percolate down and as such supports a mix of grasses, flowering plants and shrubs that not only beautify the area, but provide habitat for butterflies, birds and other desirable wildlife.
Rain gardens are low maintenance and we wanted to include one as part of our overall landscape design, as well as a demonstration site for others who would like to incorporate one into their yard.
A rain garden is not a pond. The water that flows into it will gradually seep downward, and the various plants will help stabilize the soil and also soak up the water. Betsy Danielson of Dazzle Gardens Design planned the shape and composition of the garden. We chose native flowers. Visitors are be able to see how this garden flourishes, beautifying the property and helping keep large amounts of water from falling directly to the ground at the edge of the roofline.