Runaway Rain Gardens
Rain gardens are strategically-placed native plant gardens designed to slow down and temporarily store stormwater runoff. Rain gardens improve our local water quality by filtering stormwater runoff and recharging the groundwater.To see a publication on rain gardens, including myths and guidelines to keep in mind: click here.
Resources which can help when building a rain garden can be found below.
What are rain gardens?
- Chesapeake Bay Trust provides information on rain gardens and how it affects the Chesapeake Bay and all of the tributaries within it.
- Worchester County Department of Environmental Programs provides a publication on Rain Gardens Across Maryland.
- The Chesapeake Stormwater Network provides numerous publications on best management practices (BMPs) like rain gardens for help.
- University of Connecticut: Nemo Program provides information on rain gardens, the purpose of rain gardens, and benefits of rain gardens.
Where can you find a rain garden?
- University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers two opportunities to visit rain garden locations on the Eastern shore.
- Adkins Arboretum arranges locations with rain gardens or nurseries which contain native plants.
Where can you buy native plants?
- Chesapeake Bay Trust created a list of native plants and locations where native plants can be purchased.
- Adkins Arboretum produced a list of native plants sold in Adkins Arboretum nursery.
- Find Native Plants provides a list of native plants nurseries found in Maryland.
What can you use to help build your rain garden?
- Download the Regional Rain Garden App in the Apple or Android store!
- Check out a rain garden video produced by Maryland Sea Grant Extension for Angie’s List and Maryland Sea Grant stakeholders, with the help from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and filmed/edited by Joe King.
- Don’t forget that you have local resources around you!