Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Moorestown Friends School

Greenleaf Building

Moorestown Friends School
28 East Main Street, Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey 08057

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Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs


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Site Contact(s):

Benjamin Pearson, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program


The Moorestown Friends School rain garden was installed to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from a portion of the Greenleaf Building, built in 1820.

Staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program conducted an educational program for the Moorestown Friends School students. This educational program included a discussion on the Pompeston Creek Watershed and rain gardens.

With the approval of Moorestown Friends School, this rain garden was installed. It acts as a demonstration rain garden for pedestrians along Main Street and for students of the school. The garden was built on newly acquired property with an adjacent building that will teach students about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Type of Runoff Managed:

This rain garden manages stormwater runoff from a portion of the roof of the Greenleaf Building via two redirected downspouts. Two rain barrels were also installed on the property that capture roof runoff from the other side of the building.


The rain garden was installed in May 2012 by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program staff, a local contractor, and students from the Moorestown Friends School. The local contrator excavated the rain garden with a backhoe.  Compost was mixed into the native soil to help improve drainage and increase the organic content.  The students assisted with the planting of the rain garden. The plants that were installed in this rain garden were purchased from North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

This rain garden was funded by the Pompeston Creek Implementation Project 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Plant Layout:

Rain Garden Map

Plant List:

Aromatic Aster
Blue Wild Indigo
Blue-Stemmed Goldenrod
Creek Sedge
Foxglove Beardtongue
Wild Indigo

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This rain garden is maintained by the Moorestown Friends School.


Click here for photographs of the Moorestown Friends School rain garden.