Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Flying Fish Brewing Company
900 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerdale, Camden County, New Jersey 08083

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Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs


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Site Contact(s):

Mike Haberland, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden and Burlington Counties


The Flying Fish Brewing Company rain garden was installed to beautify the site and to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the roof.

This rain garden is part of the Cooper River Watershed. The Cooper River Watershed is characterized by extensive residential and commercial development; as a result its streams are severely impacted by increased stormwater runoff. To address the water quality issues associated with increased stormwater runoff, demonstration projects like this rain garden are essential.

Type of Runoff Managed:

This rain garden manages stormwater runoff from a portion of the roof.


The rain garden was installed in April 2012 by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County, Camden County Soil Conservation District, and the owner and employees of Flying Fish Brewing Company. These participants helped with the excavation, grading, and planting of the rain garden.

With assistance from a contracted backhoe and operator, the existing soil was excavated and hauled away. To provide adequate infiltration, a mix of woodchips and approximately ten (10) cubic yards of topsoil was added to amend the remaining soil. Next the rain garden was graded to the appropriate level, and native plants purchased from Popes' Garden were installed. Mulch was then spread throughout.

Approval to install the rain garden was granted by the Flying Fish Brewing Company. This rain garden was funded by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Following the intial planting, some plant species were browsed on by deer, therefore a fence was installed. The fence will remain around the rain garden until the plants have had an opportunity to properly establish.

The rain garden installation was featured in a variety of media outlets:

  •     Click here to view the Flying Fish Brewery Update article

Plant Layout:

Rain Garden Map

Plant List:

Bee Balm
Blazing Star
Blue Flag Iris
Joe-Pye Weed
Purple Coneflower
Red Gnome Dogwood
Snowbank Boltonia
Sparkleberry Holly

Click here to download Adobe Reader to view the rain garden map and the plant list fact sheets.


This rain garden is maintained by the Flying Fish Brewing Company.


Click here for photographs of the Flying Fish Brewing Company rain garden.