My Rain Garden in August

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Rain Gardens

A rain garden, at its most basic, is a place where rainwater and snowmelt can infiltrate into the soil. In the yard, it is normally a landscaped depression that holds water for a few hours after a storm, allowing it to gradually be absorbed into the soil. When water infiltrates into the soil, it returns to the underground aquifers from which we get our drinking water.

If your soil stays wet for more than a day, you can create a wet garden instead, or replace the soil with an engineered soil mix. For most homeowners, it makes sense to work with the conditions you already have.

Here are some photos of my own rain garden, as well as a rain garden at the Delaware Agricultural Museum, which I designed. I am currently working with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) to design many more rain gardens around the state as part of their Rain Gardens for the Bays program, so keep checking back for more photographs.


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Additional images

New rain Garden at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in

Dover, planted in fall 2010

Delaware Agricultural Museum: This project won a

Governor's Urban Conservation Award in 2011

My Rain Garden in May

My Rain Garden in June & July

This was the view from my kitchen window in August


A goldfinch eating seeds from the Purple Coneflower in


A Buckeye butterfly on the Hardy Ageratum in September

My Rain Garden in January