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Resources

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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  • Australia
                Victoria
                            Kingston
                            Mt. Evelyn

    United States of America
                Alaska
                            Anchorage
                Arizona
                            Tucson
                California
                            Los Angeles
                District of Columbia
                            District-wide
                Florida
                            Tallahassee
                Georgia
                            Atlanta
                Illinois
                            Barrington Area – Flint Creek Watershed
                            Chicago – Logan Square
                            Downers Grove
                            Elgin
                            Glenview
                            Northbrook
                            Palatine
                            Rock Island
                            Waukegan
                Indiana
                            Elkhart County
                            Fort Wayne
                            Indianapolis
                Iowa
                            Ames
                            Coralville
                            Dubuque
                Kentucky
                            Louisville
                Maryland
                            Anne Arundel County
                            Gaithersburg
                            Howard County
                            Montgomery County
                            Rockville
                Michigan
                            Washtenaw County
                            Lathrup Village
                Minnesota
                            Apple Valley
                            Maplewood
                            Owatonna
                            Rochester
                            Savage
                            Twin Cities and Surrounding Watersheds
                New Jersey
                            Statewide
                Ohio
                            Central Ohio
                            Marietta
                            Northeast Ohio
                            Toledo-Lucas Counties
                Oregon
                            Portland
                            Seattle
                South Carolina
                            Greenville County
                            Rock Hill
                Texas
                            Austin
                Washington
                            Kitsap County Unincorporated
                            Puyallup
                            Puget Sound
                            Thurston County
                Wisconsin
                            Kenosha
                            Madison
                            Milwaukee County
                            Waukesha County
                            Racine
                Vermont
                            Lake Champlain Basin


  • Australia
                Queensland
                            South East Queensland
                Victora
                            Melbourne

    United States of America
                Alaska
                            Anchorage
                California
                            Southern California
                Connecticut
                            Statewide
                Florida
                            Tallahassee Manual
                            Tallahassee Plant List
                Georgria
                            Atlanta
                Illinois
                            Elgin
                Indiana
                            Fort Wayne
                Iowa
                            Statewide
                            Rainscapers
                Kentucky
                            Louisville
                Maine
                            Statewide
                Maryland
                            Statewide
                            Baltimore
                Michigan
                            Design Guide
                Minnesota
                            Maplewood
                            Owatonna
                            Plant Guide
                            Plant Selector
                Nebraska
                            Statewide
                New Jersey
                            Statewide
                North Carolina
                            Statewide
                Ohio
                            Central
                            Northeast
                            Toledo and Lucas Counties
                Oregon
                            Portland
                            Statewide
                Rhode Island
                            Statewide
                South Carolina
                            Statewide
                            Rain Garden Plant Guide
                Texas
                            Austin
                            Texas Plant Guide
                Washington
                            Western Washington
                Wisconsin
                            Statewide
                Vermont
                            Statewide
                Virginia
                            Northern Virginia
                            Statewide


  • Chicago O’Hare Rainfall ChartsPDF


    Design Cheat SheetPDF


    Maintenance SchedulePDF

    Runoff CoefficientsPDF


    Site EvaluationPDF



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    Rain Garden Design
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    Rain Garden Build
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    Rain Garden Maintenance
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    Rain Garden Showcase
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    General Information
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    FAQs
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    Presentations
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    Personal
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    Native Plants
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  • Books
    Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher. Creating Rain Gardens : Capturing the Rain for Your Own Water-Efficient Garden. 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. Bringing Nature Home – How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants 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. Rain Gardens : Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard and a Healthy World. 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. Rain Gardens : Managing water sustainably in the garden and designed landscape. 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.

    Videos
    Elizabeth Pepin Silva. “Slow the Flow – Make Your Landscape Act Like a Sponge.” YouTube. YouTube, LLC. 20 Sep. 2010. Web. 2010.

                “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

    Washington State University Extension. “Building a Rain Garden in the Pacific Northwest.” YouTube. YouTube, LLC. 5 Apr. 2011. Web. 2011.

                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.

    Metro Blooms. “Rain Garden Installation.” http://www.metroblooms.org/raingarden_video.php. Metro Blooms. Web. 2008.

                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.

    Websites
    Blue Thumb

    Rain Garden Network

    Rainscaping.org