We are delighted to make available this resource from local author. Patty Ghertner!
This guide will show you how to build a rain garden and reduce non-point source pollution, while creating a wildlife habitat in your yard.
From the author's preface:
"I was already an organic gardener...Then my friend Tiffany Wilmot invited me to attend a meeting at Ellington Agricultural Center to see several demonstration rain gardens. Before then I had read about the concept, but not in depth. That meeting prompted me to do more research. I found numerous scientific studies showing that rain gardens significantly reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The concept of rain gardens is so simple, yet so important in restoring our natural ecology. Many scientists believe fresh water will replace oil as the most critical natural resource in our near future. We can’t live without it. Our individual actions are vital in this challenge. Together we can make a difference. I firmly believe every homeowner should have a rain garden."
History of rain gardens
How do you create a rain garden?
Step 1: Study your yard
Step 2: Choose the location
Step 3: Understand your soil
What if your existing soil drains poorly?
Step 4: Determine the depth, size and shape
Step 5: Choose the plants. Why plant natives?
Step 6: Dig and plant!
Common Questions, References and resources
Appendix: Native plants for Rain Gardens in Middle Tennessee
Copyright © 2009 by Patty Ghertner All Rights Reserved. Unless otherwise noted, the illustrations were provided by the author. Cover photo Monarch Butterfly and Purple Coneflower by Zoran Ivanovic.