Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Fanwood Memorial Library


    Fanwood Memorial Library
    North Avenue & Tillotson Road, Fanwood, Union County, New Jersey 07023

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


    Google (TM) Map:

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    Site Contact(s):
    Madeline Flahive DiNardo,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

The Fanwood Memorial Library rain garden was installed as part of the
    Stormwater Management in Your Backyard program that trained the Master
    Gardeners of Union County.

    Type of Runoff Managed:

    This rain garden manages stormwater from the Fanwood Memorial Library's rooftop.     Before the rain garden was installed, water was conveyed from a downspout to the     road via an underground PVC pipe.  


    Approximately fifteen volunteers, which included the
Master Gardeners of Union
    County, members of the Rahway River Association, and members of the Fanwood
    Environmental Commission, were present for the installation of the rain garden in Fall
    2005, which was approved by the Mayor of Fanwood and the Fanwood Memorial
    Library.  Fanwood Public Works volunteered their time to assist with the rain garden
    installation.  On September 10, 2006, the rain garden was dedicated to Steven A.
    Clark.  The underground PVC pipe was exposed and cut to convey water into the rain     garden and not into the road.  The PVC pipe, however, continued to serve as an             overflow device during large storm events.

    Plant Layout:

    Rain Garden Map

    Plant List:

        Bald Cypress

Bee Balm
        Blackhaw Viburnum
        Blue Flag Iris
        Cardinal Flower
        Culver's Root
        False Blue Indigo
        Garden Phlox
        Highbush Cranberry
        Joe Pye Weed
        Marsh Marigold
        Obedient Plant
        Shasta Daisy
        Shrubby Cinquefoil
        Swamp Milkweed
        Turk's Cap Lily
        Virginia Bluebells
        White Snakeroot
        Wild Columbine

    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 Master Gardeners of Union County.


    Click here for photographs of the Fanwood Memorial Library rain garden.