There is a wealth of information on almost every subject out there on the web and rain gardens are no different.
To make your searching easier I have included as many quality resources in one spot as I could.
Below you will find:
– Current rain garden programs and incentives in your area
– Local rain garden guides
– Documents that I have either created or have gotten permission to share
– My blog posts displayed for easy browsing
– Publications you may find useful (Books, Videos, Websites)
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United States of America
District of Columbia
Barrington Area – Flint Creek Watershed
Chicago – Logan Square
Anne Arundel County
Twin Cities and Surrounding Watersheds
Kitsap County Unincorporated
Lake Champlain Basin
South East Queensland
United States of America
Tallahassee Plant List
Toledo and Lucas Counties
Rain Garden Plant Guide
Texas Plant Guide
Chicago O’Hare Rainfall Charts – PDF
Design Cheat Sheet – PDF
Maintenance Schedule – PDF
Rain Garden Installation
Rain Garden Site Evaluation
Rain Garden Design
Rain Garden Build
Rain Garden Maintenance
Rain Garden Showcase
[postlist 10]General Information
Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher. Portland and London, Timber Press, 2012. Print.
This beautifully illustrated book is a must-have for the serious rain gardener! It accomplishes the tough feat of being highly technical while also keeping the readers full attention. Case studies are included through out the book that give the reader motivation to continue through the sometimes heavy reading so that they can complete their own successful project.
The smart diagrams also help to explain the more abstract concepts found in the text.
Cleo and Apryl really expand the notion of what a rain garden can be and how it can be used with their out-of-the-box designs. I love to flip through this book every now and then as an “inspiration book” to keep my mind open to seeing more possibilities on my site visits.
Douglas Tallamy. Portland and London, Timber Press, 2007. Print.
If you are ever wondering why people are so passionate about natives, read this book and find out. Professor Tallamy pretty much sums up their importance in an easy-read and enjoyable book. Here is an excerpt about this book from his website. “Bringing Nature Home offers a simple solution that anyone with a patch of earth — no matter how small — can follow: Make a contribution to biodiversity by choosing native plants. Bringing Nature Home passionately argues that it isn’t too late to save ecological communities, and that we all have a significant role in the process.”
Lynn M. Steiner and Robert W. Domm. Minneapolis, Voyageur Press, 2012. Print.
If you are looking for information more focused on general rain garden design, you will find it here. A less technical read, Lynn and Robert focus on the plant choices and layouts that can be used in your rain garden. They include great pictures of many of the plants they suggest, and offer many valuable plant lists depending on your site conditions. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some information on rain garden design and plant choices, especially the weekend gardener.
Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden. Portland, Timber Press, 2007. Print.
Europe has been designing rain water in its landscape for centuries. For some reason their relatives lost much of this inclusion of rain water in the landscape when they crossed the Atlantic. This book shows many of the great examples of European rain water design as well as some from other parts of the world, including America. Packed with loads and loads of great information, this book illustrates how rain can be used creatively as a resource and as a focus point in our landscapes. A lot of the projects are large scale public spaces, but there are also many small residential settings. This is another great resource with tons of inspirational photos, especially for landscape architects.
“Slow the Flow brings to life practices and projects that individuals and communities have created to steward our watersheds and slow down the flow of storm water, one of the largest contributors of pollution into our waterways The film features a landscaper who shocks his neighbors by putting in native landscaping; a school district that goes green; and a non-profit which puts gardens in the city. The projects and approaches highlighted are very low-tech, cheap, and beautiful — making a good argument for kicking back and not raking the leaves or watering the lawn.” – Elizabeth Pepin
In this 32-minute video, you’ll learn the important steps to follow to site, design, construct, and maintain a beautiful landscape feature that captures and filters polluted runoff, helps prevent flooding, recharges our groundwater aquifers, and creates habitat for birds and butterflies. This video complements the WSU and OSU handbooks on creating rain gardens, expands on some of the ideas in those books, and includes helpful resources for homeowners.
On July 24, 2008 a Metro Blooms crew, including staff (and family), board members, landscape designers and landscape ecologist, Rusty Schmidt installed a raingarden (designed by Rusty) at the home of Janet Hosch in South Minneapolis. View this installation from start to finish to learn more about sizing, siting, site preparation and plant selection and placement for a garden that is more than beautiful – a rain garden that helps to heal and protect our water resources.