What is a Rain Garden?

Bucher Park rain garden in the summer of 2018.

Bucher Park rain garden in the summer of 2018.

 A rain garden is graded slightly to collect several inches of water during a storm, providing time for it to infiltrate into the ground or be used by the native plants- two natural ways of filtering out pollutants!

Other Benefits: 

A monarch butterfly enjoying our rain garden at Bucher Park.

A monarch butterfly enjoying our rain garden at Bucher Park.

  • Reduces flooding/runoff

  • Recharges groundwater resources

  • Low-maintenance landscaping

  • Attracts birds, butterflies and other wildlife

  • Increases beneficial insects

  • Decreases mosquitoes

 


Want to install a rain garden or some native plants in your yard?  Check out our Native Plant List to get some ideas about what would work best for your property!  Better yet, join us for our Native Plant Sale on May 12th, 2018.

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Rain Gardens Installed by the Conservancy:

Rain garden site prior to excavation - Summer 2019

Rain garden site prior to excavation - Summer 2019

Perkiomen Trail Rain Garden

Volunteers working to shape the garden before planting - Summer 2019

Volunteers working to shape the garden before planting - Summer 2019

Completed rain gardens - Summer 2019

Completed rain gardens - Summer 2019

In the summer of 2018, through a partnership with Schwenksville Borough, we installed two rain gardens along the Perkiomen Trail. These rain gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff from Main St. as well as Snoozy’s Cafe’s parking lot which is located directly in front of the gardens. Prior to the planting, the gardens were excavated and shaped. With the help of volunteers, native shrubs and perennials were planted to complete the gardens.


Rain garden site after excavation - Fall 2018

Rain garden site after excavation - Fall 2018

Telford Rain Garden

Volunteering planting native perennials in the rain garden- Fall 2018

Volunteering planting native perennials in the rain garden- Fall 2018

In the fall of 2018, we installed 5,000 native plants into a constructed rain garden in a neighborhood in Telford Borough. The Conservancy partnered with the Borough to design and build the rain garden. Telford donated staff time and equipment to dig out and shape the garden. With the help of volunteers we were able to plant native perennials and shrubs to transform the basin into a functional rain garden designed to reduce runoff from nearby ball fields and adjacent homes. This project was funded through the Conservancy’s 2018 MS4 grant.






Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Bucher Park Rain Garden

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Summer 2018

In the fall of 2017, we installed 7,000 native plants into a constructed rain garden at Bucher Park in Lower Salford Township. Prior to the planting, PWC worked with the township to design and construct the garden, turning a traditional stormwater basin into a beautiful garden. With help from employees from Oehlert Brothers and Key Bank as well as general volunteers we were able to shape the garden and install the native plants. This project was funded through our 2017 MS4 grant program, in which Lower Salford Township submitted the winning application.


Schwenksville Rain Garden

In the Spring of 2017, we installed 3,000 native plants at an existing rain garden in Schwenksville.  Prior to the planting, the garden had become overgrown and contained several invasive species.  With help from career study students from Perkiomen Valley High School, we weeded the rain garden, added some rip-rap along the bottom and planted native species grown in our greenhouse.

 


Rain Gardens at PWC

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We currently have three rain gardens on our property, which capture rain water from our parking lot and driveway.  When we have dry weather, our plants are watered with rain water sustainably harvested from our roof with a 55-gallon rain barrel and a 550-gallon cistern.

The Conservancy is taking new steps toward stormwater management on our own property.  We invite you to visit the installations and read our informative signs, especially if you are looking for ideas to manage stormwater on your own property.


Souderton High School's SAVE Campus

In fall of 2012, students from Souderton High School's SAVE Club (Students Against Violating the Earth) helped install two rain gardens at the club's Environmental Campus next to West Broad Street Elementary School.  The gardens were a prize for Souderton High School students winning first place in the Conservancy's stormwater video contest, sponsored by Verizon.

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St. Stanislaus School

The Conservancy installed a rain garden as part of the Lansdale school's outdoor learning classroom.  Many volunteers from the school came out to plant the garden, which is a resource for outdoor learning and experimentation and demonstrates sustainable urban design. 

 

 

 

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