Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County


    Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County
    1200 North Delsea Drive, Clayton, Gloucester County, New Jersey 08312

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

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County rain garden was
    installed as part of the
Stormwater Management in Your Backyard program that
    trained the Master Gardeners of Gloucester County.

    Type of Runoff Managed:

    This rain garden manages stormwater runoff from the Gloucester County Government     Services Building courtyard.  Unlike a typical lawn area, the courtyard generated             an abundance of runoff because of poor soil permeability.  


    Approximately ten Master Gardeners of Gloucester County were present for  
    the installation of the rain garden in November 2006, which was approved by the
Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Gloucester County Department
    of Public Works provided in-kind assistance with the rain garden installation. 
    Dean's Evergreens, Inc. and Johnson Farms donated the native plants for the rain
    garden.  Others were pruchased from a nursery.  Excavation was required to remove     the existing soil that performed poorly with regard to infiltration.  It was replaced             with a sandy soil mix.  Overflow from the rain garden is discharged into an existing         swale that conveys water into a nearby detention basin with a concrete low-flow             channel.

    Plant Layout:

    Rain Garden Map

    Plant List:

        Bee Balm
        Black Eyed Susan
        Blackhaw Viburnum
        Blue Flag Iris  
        Cardinal Flower
        Christmas Fern
        False Blue Indigo
        Feather Reed Grass
        Hardy Ageratum
Inkberry Holly
        Joe Pye Weed
    Red-Twig Dogwood
        Soft Rush
        Virginia Sweetspire

    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 Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County     rain garden.