Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

resized rain gardens 2 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.

Get more information about Rain Gardens by reading a Copy of Rain Garden Manual.

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.

Grant Opportunities

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 after the grant program has ended.

Rain Garden Tours

  • Friday, July 10th from 6:30 – 8:30
    Midway Christian Church
    123 East Bruen St
    Midway, KY 40347
    Register Here
  • Saturday, July 11th from 1 – 4
    Union Church
    200 Prospect Street
    Berea, KY 40403
    Register Here
  • Sunday, July 12th from 1 – 4
    Scott County Public Library
    104 S Bradford Lane
    Georgetown, KY 40324
    Register Here

Tour participants will visit several rain gardens and have an opportunity to apply for a grant to install a rain garden at their own home. We will be starting with a brief rain garden discussion where participants can learn everything you need to know about constructing your own garden at home, from design and planning, to choosing plants and maintenance. We will also have information about the grant opportunity, a tour map and participants can register to win a native plant as a door prize.

Discover our grant opportunities

Register your rain garden

Additional Resources:

Read our brochure about rain gardens and all they have to offer, courtesy of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.

Rain Garden Network
Kentucky Native Plant Society
Wild Ones
UK’s Cooperative Extension Services