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

February 24th – Bourbon County Middle School, 6-8 p.m.

April 23rd – Woodford County Extension Office,  more information coming soon

April 29th – Bourbon County Extension Office, 1-4 p.m.

May 6th – Madison County Extension Office, 1-5 p.m.

May 7th – Clark County; Rain Garden and Invasive Species Workshop, more information coming soon


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