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.

 

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:

 

 

Madison County Rain Garden Presentation 

Where:  Masdison County Extension Office, 230 Ducannon Ln, Richmond, KY 40475

When:   September 4th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

Registration and event details at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-garden-presentaion-tickets-12320489917

 

 

Rain Garden Workshop at Midway Christian Church

Where: Midway Christian Church123 E Bruen St, Midway, KY, 40347

When: September 6th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Registration and details at: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-garden-workshop-at-midway-christian-church-tickets-12320638361

 

 

8th Annual Rain Garden Tour in Fayette County

Where: Meadowthorpe Community Center, 333 Larch Lance, Lexington, KY, 40511

When: September 14th from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Click flyer for more information: 8th Annual Rain Garden Tour Flyer

 

 

Rain Garden Workshop in Clark County

Where: The Generation’s Center, 32 Meadow Street, Winchester, KY, 40392

When:  September 20th from 10 AM- 3 PM

Registration and event details at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-garden-workshop-in-clark-county-tickets-12320838961

 

 

Rain Garden Workshop in Berea

Where:  Sustainable Berea, 199 Adams St, Berea, KY 40403

When:  September 27th from 1 PM- 4 PM

Registration and details at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-garden-workshop-in-berea-ky-tickets-12320997435

 

 

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