Rain Gardens


Rain gardens not only help pollinators. They also help reduce stormwater and thereby reduce water pollution.

In this post, you will start down a path that leads to implementing rain gardens and gaining marketable skills.

Leadership challenge … 

Too much of our rain water washes straight into storm drains and then into waterways, thus increasing water pollution.

We could reduce water pollution by implementing rain gardens and other solutions that cause rain water to seep slowly into the ground before running into our streams and rivers.

What is a rain garden?
Rain gardens capture water from a downspout or a slope and let it seep slowly into the ground.

What can you plant in a rain garden?

Rain gardens can exhibit beautiful, pollinator-friendly wet-soil native plants such as hibiscus (pictured above) and swamp milkweed.

Questions for research and discussion …

Go online and research the questions listed below.

  • What is a rain garden?
  • What are the different ways to construct a rain garden?
  • What are the advantages and benefits of a rain garden?
  • What plants can a rain garden contain?

What to do with your research …

When you find engaging articles and videos, share them in the Facebook Group called “Earth & Spirit Environmental Leadership Program “.

Also, discuss your findings with your fellow interns and leaders via phone or in meetings. These discussions will reinforce your learning and give you more leads.

Hone your teaching and presenting skills …

When you feel ready, set up a time to present to your fellow interns and leaders in our regular meetings.

Take your live presentation on the road by presenting to garden clubs. Work with your intern leaders to set up appointments with garden clubs.

Work with your Intern Leaders to set up presentations to potential funders at Earth & Spirit Center.

Digital marketing …

You can extend your skills and add to your portfolio by contributing to an Earth & Spirit Center Facebook page or website.

You can also start your own Facebook page or website.

Hart and other leaders can offer technical assistance and other guidance.

Digital marketing …

Building a Facebook page or website need not be intimidating. 90% of the challenge is knowing your topic. The exercises above will prepare you.

Photos and videos … 

Hart has some excellent photos and videos that include hibiscus and swamp milkweed. Please use these to add visual appeal to your online postings.

Local tip …

Investigate how Beargrass Creek Alliance (part of Kentucky Waterways Alliance) can help with rain gardens (funding and technical assistance).

Hints …

Excellent wet soil plants include … swamp milkweed and Hibiscus (rose mallow). What others can you find?

Marketable skills …
By preforming the above tasks, you will become an expert on the topic of rain gardens. Don’t be intimidated by the word “expert.” An expert is somebody who knows a lot more than the average person on a particular topic.

By performing these tasks you will know a lot more than your target audience, including most gardeners and most environmentalists.

If you make two presentations to garden clubs, you will be able to speak with confidence to a potential employer about your skills and experiences.

Related solutions …

Rain gardens are not the only method of reducing stormwater runoff. Other solutions worthy of investigation include …

  • Riparian buffers
  • Wetlands restoration projects
  • Bioswales
  • Trees

Your work on rain gardens will put you that much further ahead on these topics.

For assistance …

contact Hart at nhhagan@gmail.com.