Installing a rain garden is an attractive way to capture rainwater and prevent stormwater runoff. We have included a demonstration Rain Garden in our Wildlife Habitat Garden. It is planted in a low spot that often fills with water during a rainstorm.
It is planted with native plants that not only can tolerate various levels of water, but also provide wildlife benefits such as swamp rose and blue flag iris.
A wide variety of shrubs, perennials and ferns thrive in the mostly shady and wet location.
Our interpretive sign has general information about rain gardens, a plant list and an idea of what a home rain garden looks like.
Detailed information on how to install a rain garden can be found on CMHC's website by clicking here as well as on the City of Calgary's website by clicking here. Here's a closer look at our plant list.