“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Millersville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Rain Garden

Center for Sustainability


— People - Planet - Profit —

Rain Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., November 27, 2020
1. Rain Garden Marker
See next photo for better view of right panel.
Inscription.  "Inspiring our MU community to engage in the 3 pillars of a sustainable society: Social Justice (People), Environmental Preservation (Planet), and Economic Vitality (Profit)"
Dr. Nadine Garner, Director

Supporting the United Nations'
3 Pillars of Sustainability:

Planet (Environmental Preservation)
• The rain garden is an effective storm water management practice: the downspout from the neighboring roof was redirected to divert rainwater into the garden.
• Storm water runoff is reduced by retaining and filtering water through percolation and evapotranspiration.
• Populated with native plants, the garden creates an aesthetically appealing, naturally biodiverse ecosystem in place of the monoculture of turf, attracting beneficial insects and birds.

People (Social Justice)
• The rain garden is a collaboration between the Center for Sustainability and 25 landscape artists, who installed the garden during the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at MU in June 2014.
• Landscape artists received continuing education credits for participating
Rain Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., November 27, 2020
2. Rain Garden Marker
in the workshop, titled "Vegetated Solutions for Functional and Aesthetic Rain Gardens,” led by Kevin Staso and Claudia West of North Creek Nurseries.
• The rain garden provides a working example for the MU community to integrate into our own homes and gardens.

Profit (Economic Vitality)
• Rain gardens are cost-effective and low-maintenance: they do not require pruning, mulching, or mowing.

Check out our webpage for photos of the garden year-round!

SOLUTION GENERATION. Charting a New Course on Climate

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Contact Dr. Nadine Garner, Director of the Center for Sustainability, at

What's in the Garden?

[1st column, top to bottom]
Allium cernuum - "Nodding Onion"
Deschampsia cespitosa - "Tufted Hair Grass"
Eryngium yuccifolium - "Rattlesnake Master"
Juncus tenuis - "Path Rush"
Packera aurea - "Golden Ragwort"
Pycnanthemum lexuosum -"Appalachian Mountain Mint"

[2nd column, top to bottom]
Vernonia lettermannii - "Iron Butterfly"
Solidago odora - "Sweet Goldenrod"
Andropogon virginicus
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Liatris spicata - "Spike Gayfeather"
Monarda bradburiana - "Eastern Beebalm"
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
Location. 39° 59.838′ N, 76° 21.204′ W. Marker is in Millersville, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Ann Street 0.1 miles east of S. George Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the Millersville University campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Millersville PA 17551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Millersville University (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conestoga Navigation Company (approx. 2.8 miles away); Wheatland (approx. 3 miles away); Privy (approx. 3.4 miles away); Smokehouse / Icehouse (approx. 3.4 miles away); James Buchanan Home (approx. 3.4 miles away); James Buchanan (approx. 3.4 miles away); Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg (approx. 3.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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