The Rain Garden
The rain garden at our house utilizes a large volume of storm water and attracts an enormous array of pollinators, birds, and other critters seeking native habitat. We could sit for hours and watch all the life that buzzes around this garden. It’s really a joy to have in our front yard.
We constructed the rain garden partially out of interest to do so, and partially out of need. Through a series of gutters, downspouts, in-ground gutters, and underground channels, all of the water that falls on the east half of our roof is channeled to the rain garden. Additionally, we are able to gather a large amount of storm water from our side street—that is collected in an in-ground drain at the top of our driveway and channeled under the drive with an outlet at the rain garden. The storm water from the street previously found it’s own route across our drive and was creating serious problems, so gathering it and channeling it to a good use was a great solution.
We also collect the water from the west half of our roof which is held in rain barrels and gravity-feeds the Community Garden just down the hill. This, combined with the rain garden, allows us to manage all of the storm water on our property (and some from our neighbors up the street!).