Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds


    Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds
    Route 77 South, Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, New Jersey 08062

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


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    Site Contact(s):
    Mary Cummings,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County

The Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds rain garden was installed as part of the
    Landscaper Training program that targeted landscapers in South Jersey.  The
    Landscaper Training program was funded by the United States Department of
    Agriculture Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service National
    Integrated Water Quality Program under agreement number 2007-51130-03878.

    Type of Runoff Managed:

    This rain garden manages stormwater from the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds
    lawn area and the from the concession stand building via a downspout that is      
    directed underground into the rain garden.  Before the rain garden was installed, a         drainage swale received most of the runoff from the 4-H Fairgrounds.  The swale             conveys water into a nearby forest.  Maintenance of the swale was difficult because       of frequent standing water, which was also an issue for events held at the 4-H               Fairgrounds.  


    Approximately forty-five
South Jersey Landscapers were present for the installation of
    the rain garden in March 2008, which was approved by the Gloucester County Fair
    Association.  In addition to the landscapers, Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty,
    staff and Master Gardeners volunteered their time to help with the installation of the
    rain garden.  The Gloucester County Fair Association provided in-kind assistance with
    excavation and donated the mulch, stone, and fence for the rain garden.   The rain
    garden is situated along the side of the existing swale.  Overflow from the rain
    garden will be handled by the existing swale during large storm events.  

    Plant Layout:

    Rain Garden Map  Coming Soon!

    Plant List:

        Arrowwood Viburnum
        Blue Flagstem
        Blue Flag Iris
        Cardinal Flower
        Inkberry Holly
        Red Chokeberry
        Soft Rush
        Swamp Milkweed

        Swamp Rose

Sweet Pepperbush/Summersweet
    Click here to download Adobe Reader to view the rain garden map and the plant list
    fact sheets.
    The rain garden is maintained by the Master Gardeners of Gloucester County.


    Click here for photographs of the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds rain garden.