Rain Gardens

rain_gardenThis garden is designed to catch rain water and slowly absorb it into the earth. It is concave, with it's soil line below the regular ground level. Plants are chosen for their ability to enjoy periods of time waterlogged, as the garden fills with rainwater, and to withstand droughts when there is no rain for a period of time.

Rain gardens are utilized more and more to manage storm water run off. Rather than directing water from a rooftop into the sewer system, downspouts are directed into the rain garden where water is returned to the aquifers below ground that provide us with most of our drinking water and irrigation needs.

Rain gardens will become more and more important in managing storm water runoff as the shortage of water around the country - and elsewhere - becomes more serious. We are not replenishing these underground sources for our water. Rather, we are pouring it off driveway and parking pavement, off streets, down downspouts - into sewers that fill up and then flood. Rain gardens redirect the water to the place we need it - underground into the aquifers. These gardens are adaptable to a building, a private home, or an industrial plant.

Quotation

"You want people to landscape with prairie plants?   Why would anyone want to do that?" he asked.

"Because a prairie landscape can be eye-poppingly gorgeous!"

Sally Wasowski, author of 'Gardening with Prairie Plants'


Native Illinois Plants

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