Rain Gardens

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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.

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.

To view local rain gardens click,  A Virtual Tour of Central Kentucky Rain Gardens.


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.


Upcoming Workshops and Community Events:


July 11th – 12th 2014 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Rain Garden and Monarch Waystation Workshop at the Whippoorwill Festival in Madison County.


September 4th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

Rain Garden Workshop at the Madison County Extension Office


September 20th from 10 AM- 3 PM

This Rain Garden Workshop will include a hands on component at the Generation Senior Center along with an education component at the Clark County Public Library. Lunch will be provided.


September 27th from 1 PM- 4 PM

Rain Garden Workshop at the office of Sustainable Berea



For more information on grants, check here

To register your rain garden, click here.


Additional Resources:

Click here for a brochure detailing the rain gardens and all they have to offer, courtesy of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.

Rain Garden Network:    www.raingardennetwork.com

Kentucky Native Plant Society:    www.knps.org

Wild Ones:    www.wildones.org/chapters/lexington/

UK’s Cooperative Extension Services:    http://www2.ca.uky.edu/gogreen/raingarden.php