Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Leonard Park


    Leonard Park
    Valley Road, Boonton, Morris County, New Jersey 07005

Google (TM) Map Site Contact(s) History Runoff Managed
Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs

    Google (TM) Map:

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    Site Contact(s):
    Ingrid Witty, Rockaway Valley Garden Club


The Leonard Park rain garden was installed as part of the Rockaway Valley Garden
    Club's goal of "going green" in 2008.  The project was initiated as a follow-up to a         Spring 2008 presentation conducted by Dr. Christopher Obropta on rain gardens.

    Type of Runoff Managed:

    This rain garden manages stormwater from the Leonard Park parking lot and a
    portion of the adjacent road.


    Approximately ten Rockaway Valley Garden Club members were present for the
    installation of the rain garden in June 2008 which was approved by the Boonton
    Township Committee.  J.S.L. Greentree, a professional Landscape Architect, donated
    her time and expertise in selecting the proper native plants for the rain garden. 
    Boonton Township provided in-kind support to assist with the rain garden installation.     The native plants were donated by Ingrid Witty, Rockaway Valley Garden Club
    President, and J.S.L. Greentree, a professional Landscape Architect.  The mulch was
    donated by Rich Skyler of Red Hawk Tree Service.   The fence was donated by Ingrid
    Helen Witty.  The rain garden installation was featured in a variety of newspapers as
    well as in a blog article:
  •     Click here to view the NeighborNews article
  •     Click here to view the The Citizen article
  •     Click here to view the Green Community Project blog
    Click here to download Adobe Reader to view the articles.

    Plant Layout:
Rain Garden Map

    Plant List:

        Big Bluestem
        Blue Flag Iris
        Blue Lobelia
        Bur Sedge

        Cardinal Flower
        Cinnamon Fern
        Culver's Root
        Cutleaf Coneflower
        Forget Me Not
        Joe Pye Weed
        Shrub Dogwood
        Swamp Milkweed
        Swamp Rose
        Soft Rush

        Winterberry Holly

    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 Rockaway Valley Garden Club.


    Click here for photographs of the Leonard Park rain garden.