What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a garden with a shallow depression that captures runoff from impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, patios, driveways, and parking lots, before it enters the storm water system. Rain gardens can be customized and are limited only by the resources and time you want to put into them. They use natural processes to improve water quality by filtering pollutants and reducing the amount of storm water runoff. The water easily infiltrates into the soil because of the deep roots of the native plants and recharges the groundwater supply.
In 2013, Bluegrass Greensource received a grant through the Kentucky’s Division of Water to conduct an education program about rain gardens. With this grant Bluegrass Greensource will continue to work with community partners to maintain a rain garden program by leading workshops about rain garden benefits on water quality and quantity, encouraging their construction, and keeping a register of rain gardens built in Central Kentucky.
Bluegrass Greensource will be hosting a series of rain garden workshops sponsored by the Kentucky Division of Water. These workshops are free to the public and participants may be eligible to receive a $250 grant for native plants.
This grant will offer residents of Jessamine, Scott, Madison, Clark, Bourbon and Woodford Counties educational opportunities as well as possible funds for plant materials. A Rain Garden Tour will also be offered in each county.
Education and outreach will continue in Fayette County through a partnership with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government as part of the Live Green Lexington Program. Many different types of grants are available for residents of Fayette County to install rain gardens and other types of stormwater best management practices. For more information about grant opportunities in Fayette County go to: http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2686.
For more information on grants, check here.
To register your rain garden, click here.
Rain Garden Network: www.raingardennetwork.com
Kentucky Native Plant Society: www.knps.org
Wild Ones: www.wildones.org/chapters/lexington/