Rain Gardens are all the rage in gardening. And as Martha Stewart would say, "That's a good thing." Rain gardens collect run-off water from roofs, parking lots and streets, reducing the massive amounts of water gushing into storm sewers and inundating our fragile watersheds.
Lowe's Outdoor Living magazine (or Ad-azine if you will) has even come on board. Their surprisingly well-written, glossy two page spread relates the history of Kansas City, Missouri's push for 10,000 rain gardens to reduce flooding from hard-surface runoff. This type of gardening is not only functional and attractive, it also protects our environment.
Ohio's Master Gardeners are excited by trends in gardening, with 600 participants at Delaware County's Green Thumbs, yesterday. One break-out session focused on the virtures of Rain Gardens and the native plants designed to manage excess water.
And of course, I have to remind folks about vernal pools, nature's rain gardens and breeding grounds for the Wood Frog, Rana sylvanica. These pinkish-brown frogs have a bandit mask marking and quack like a duck. It is true! And these extremely evangelical frogs were extirpated from Franklin county, mostly due to loss of habitat.
Consider your landscape, and ask yourself, "Where does my rain drain?" People love to learn how these gardens can provide habitat for butterflies, amphibians and native plants, and manage storm water at the same time. Learn a little more about Rain Gardens, and maybe you will get excited, too!