Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Lawnside Park


Lawnside Park
208 East Charleston Avenue, Lawnside, Camden County, New Jersey 08045

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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 Lawnside Park rain garden was installed to beautify the site and to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot.

This rain garden is part of the Cooper River Watershed. The Cooper River watershed is characterized by extensive residential and commercial development and 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 coming from the parking lot.


The rain garden was installed in June 2011 by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program staff and undergraduate student interns, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County, and the Camden County Soil Conservation District. Staff from the Lawnside Department of Public Works assisted with the labor of the rain garden by excavating, hauling away a portion of the native soil, providing three tons of sandy soil to help infiltration and adding mulch. Delaware River stone was used to line the overflow trench. The native plants that were installed in this rain garden were purchased from Popes' Gardens.

Approval to install the rain garden was granted by the Lawnside Township Engineer and the Mayor of Lawnside. This rain garden was funded by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.


Plant Layout:

Rain Garden Map

Plant List:

Bee Balm
Black-eyed Susan
Blue Flag Iris
Butterfly Milkweed
Little Bluestem
New York Aster
Soft Rush
Swamp Milkweed
Sweet Pepperbush

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


This rain garden is maintained by Lawnside community volunteers.


Click here for photographs of the Lawnside Park rain garden.