Rain Garden Project

Rain gardens are an example of green infrastructure which helps restore the natural rainwater cycle. This is done by diverting water that would typically go into storm drains into the garden. A rain garden is able to retain moisture and withstand drought better than a typical grass lawn and can also serve the benefit of filtering pollutants that can be found in road runoff.

Image Description: Rain garden with bench seating and gravel pathways

Photo from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Including more rain gardens in urban infrastructure projects can help offset the impediments that impervious cover (ie. concrete, roads, buildings) create in the natural water cycle. Thus, with more rain gardens, a network can be built out that assists in stabilizing the underground water table. If you or your organization is interested in building a rain garden, please check out the "How to Build a Rain Garden" page, where you will find a detailed design guide.

Moreover, the rain garden provides a great opportunity for community engagement with green infrastructure. Students of all ages can learn about how rain gardens operate and how they interact with the water table. Below is a brochure created to promote FloRA's rain gardens to high school and elementary school students.