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Bob Simmons Rain Gardens

Raingarden diagram


Learn more about Rain Gardens attend the 45 minute WSU presentation about Rain Gardens at the 2015 Home and Garden Expo at Mountain View Commons in Port Townsend on February 28th at 4pm with Bob Simmons, Water Resources Faculty from WSU Extension.

What is a Rain Garden?

Understand what a rain garden is and how it helps beautify your yard and protect the environment. Rain gardens are a landscape amenity that encourages water to soak into the ground instead of running off along the surface, as well as clean up polluted runoff. They are landscaped areas that collect, absorb, and filter stormwater runoff from areas such as roof downspouts, driveways, and patios.

Rain gardens can be planted with a variety of shrubs and perennials similar to a garden bed. Rain gardens are often focal points in the landscape that can be easily integrated into a yard.  The Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners, as well as a how to video are downloadable resources from WSU Extension covering rain gardens from design to digging to maintenance. They are available at the following WSU website