Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Gregory School

Gregory Elementary School
201 Monmouth Avenue, Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey 07742

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Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs


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Site Contact(s):

Bill Sciarappa and Vivian Quinn, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County


The Gregory School rain garden was installed to beautify the site and to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from a portion of the school's roof.

Staff and undergraduate student interns from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program and RCE of Monmouth County conducted an educational program for the second graders at the Gregory School in May 2012. This educational program included a discussion on nonpoint source pollution, stormwater runoff, and how rain gardens can be used to treat and capture stormwater runoff. The students also learned fun facts about the native plants that they helped to install in their school's rain garden.

Type of Runoff Managed:

This rain garden manages stormwater runoff from a portion of the school's roof via a redirected downspout.


The rain garden was installed in May 2012 by RCE Water Resources Program staff and undergraduate student interns, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County, and the second grade students at the Gregory School. The soil test results indicated that the soil in the location of the rain garden would provide proper drainage of the runoff being collected and would also provide adequate nutrients for the plants.

Staff from the Long Branch Public School District Department of Buildings and Grounds assisted by excavating and hauling away a portion of the native soil. The native plants that were installed in this rain garden were purchased from Pinelands Nursery & Supply.

Approval to install the rain garden was granted by the Principal and the Manager of the Long Branch Public Schools Department of Buildings and Grounds. This rain garden was funded by a grant obtained by a second grade teacher at the Gregory School.

Plant Layout:

Rain Garden Map

Plant List:

Big Bluestem
Black-eyed Susan
Joe-pye Weed
New England Aster
Purple Coneflower
Redtwig Dogwood
Seaside Goldenrod
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 the Long Branch Public Schools Department of Buildings and Grounds.


Click here for photographs of the Gregory School rain garden.