Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

Rain_Garden_Sample_Layout_WI_DNRRain gardens are a simple, yet effective way to filter excess pollutants from storm water before it flows into storm sewers and into our creeks and rivers. Rain gardens also promote infiltration of rain water into the ground thus increasing local ground water supply and reducing the amount of water that needs to be carried by our storm sewers.

Rain Gardens are shallow depressions planted with native perennial species of flowers and shrubs.  Rain water run-off from a rooftop or driveway is diverted into the garden to clean and retain some of the water.

Diverting water from your downspout into rainwater catchment systems has several advantages:
-    Reduces the volume of water flowing to the sewer treatment facility
-    Lowers the percentage of roof top rainfall as a component of urban runoff
-    Backup source of water during times of drought or between rain showers
-    Helps to keep our creeks and beaches clean
-    Naturally softened water - great for delicate houseplants, auto cleaning and window washing
-    Saves money by lowering your water bill
-    Reduces the need for additional tax dollars earmarked for sewer expansion
-    Chlorine-free water helps maintain a healthy biotic community in the soil
-    Educational tool for teaching residents about water conservation

Rain Garden Brochure (Licking Soil & Water)

Rain gardens can also be turned into a hub for wildlife. Find out how:
National Wildlife Federation
Monarch Watch

Local Rain Gardens
Since 2008, Licking Soil & Water has helped install ten rain gardens.  Most of the gardens are on public property and can be viewed at these locations:

- Agricultural Service Center, 771 East Main St., Newark, Ohio 43055 (five gardens)
- Natural Resources Area, Hartford Fairgrounds, 14028 Fairgrounds Rd., Croton, Ohio 43013 (one garden)
- Granville High School, 248 New Burg St., Granville, Ohio 43023 (one garden)
- Hebron Administration Building, 934 W. Main Street, Hebron, Ohio, 43025 (one garden)
- Johnstown Administration Building, 599 S. Main Street, Johnstown, Ohio 43031 (one garden)
- Farm Science Review, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Building, 135 SR 38 NE, London, Ohio, 43140 (one garden)

Rain Garden Construction Workshops
Licking Soil & Water sometimes holds Rain Garden Construction Workshop.  Visit our Calendar of Events, or call 740-670-5330, for possible dates.

Learn How: Rain Garden Manuals
It's easy to add a rain garden to your landscape! Just decide where it will work best to collect and filter rainwater. It’s time to take the next step and build one! Find out how in these resources:
Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners (PDF - Geauga, Ohio SWCD)
Rain Gardens – A how-to Guide (PDF - Mill Creek Watershed Council, Lexington, KY)
Rain Garden Guidelines for Southwestern Ohio (PDF - OSU Extension)