Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Burlington County Community Agricultural Center


    Burlington County Community Agricultural Center
    Centerton Road, Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey 08057

Google (TM) Map Site Contact(s) History Runoff Managed
Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs


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    Site Contact(s):
    Meredith Melendez and Ray Samulis,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Burlington
    Toni Price, Master Gardener of Burlington County


    The Burlington County Community Agricultural Center rain garden was installed to
    beautify the site and to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the
    upslope land areas, which include a gravel and asphalt covered area and the
    garden plots.  Two rain gardens were installed partly as a demonstration for visitors       and partly to solve a drainage problem (standing water remained in the downslope         walking path for several days after a storm).  To address the problem, two rain               gardens were placed in series upslope of the walking path.

    Type of Runoff Managed:

    These rain gardens manage stormwater from the gravel and asphalt covered area
    and the garden plots on the site.


    The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program staff and
    approximately five Master Gardeners of Burlington County were present for
    the installation of the rain gardens in May 2008, which was approved by the

    Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Burlington County Resource
    Conservation Land Use Offices and the Division of Land Preservation.  Staff
    from The Burlington County Division of Parks assisted with the labor of installing the
    rain gardens.  Patches of grass sod were saved and reused elsewhere before            
    excavation.  A small backhoe was used to remove a portion of the native soil.  Then,       sand and compost were added to the soil and mixed with a rototiller.  The native             plants that were installed in the rain gardens were donated by Pinelands Nursery &

    Plant Layout:

    Rain Garden Map:  Coming Soon!

    Plant List:

        Blue Flag Iris
        Cardinal Flower
        Inkberry Holly
        Joe Pye Weed
        Red Chokeberry
        Swamp Milkweed
        Sweet Pepperbush/Summersweet
        Virginia Sweetspire
        Winterberry Holly
    Click here to download Adobe Reader to view the rain garden map and the plant list
    fact sheets.

    These rain gardens are maintained by the Master Gardeners of Burlington County.


    Click here for photographs of the Burlington County Community Agricultural Center
    rain garden.