What is a Rain Garden?
Attend a FREE "Landscaping for Clean Water Workshop" to learn how to build a rain garden.
A rain garden is a shallow depression dug into the ground that captures rainwater and snowmelt running off hard surfaces. They reduce the volume of water that enters the storm sewer system and ultimately enters local waterbodies. Rain gardens not only reduce pollution from street runoff and infiltrate water back into the ground, but they also enhance home landscaping.
If you want to learn how to design and construct a rain garden, you can attend a FREE Landscaping for Clean Water Workshop.
More Rain Garden Information:
- Rainwater Gardens: Enhance Your Property and Collect Vital Water (PDF)
- University of Wisconsin's Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners (PDF)
- Blue Thumb Create-a-Raingarden webpage
- Rain Gardens website from the University of Nebraska Extension
City Rain Garden Projects
Grant for Rain Gardens
Burnsville residents can apply for a grant to help fund a rain garden or other water quality improvement project on their property. Learn more about the Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant.
Volunteer to help maintain City raingardens. This involves pulling weeds and other general gardening activities. Gardening experience preferred.
Time Commitment: Variable, at least a few hours is preferred. Spring through fall
Location: Three rain gardens total located at Alimagnet Park, Lac Lavon Park and 145th Street (near Wood Park). Also, native plant garden at Kraemer Nature Preserve.
Contact: Liz Forbes at 952-895-4518
Rain Barrel Information
Rain barrels collect rainwater from your roof downspouts. This helps protect lakes, ponds, and rivers by reducing rainwater runoff. A major benefit is that you can use the collected water for your garden and potted plants.
Several styles of rain barrels are available for purchase, or you can build your own rain barrel. For more information, check out the links below: Recycling Association of Minnesota: Compost bins & rain barrels
Friends of the Mississippi: Rain Barrels (includes info about rain barrel workshops)