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What Are Rain Gardens?

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 9, 2017
1. What Are Rain Gardens? Marker
Inscription.
Rain gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff, holding it until the water soaks into the ground. The water may come from any impervious surface including roofs, streets, sidewalks, or even lawns. Normally this water (along with sediments and pollutants) would be directed into storm drains, ultimately being discharged into natural waterways. When water is diverted to a rain garden, however, the specially mixed soil acts like a sponge, holding water during rain storms, then allowing the water to permeate into the surrounding soil quickly. Plants in a rain garden must withstand both wet and dry conditions, as well as periodic inflow of pollutants. Many types of plants might be used including trees, shrubs, and flowering perennials Various plants native to Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region are ideal for rain gardens.

Rain gardens are one example of "low impact development" (LID), a cutting-edge environmental approach to urban development, which Montgomery County has been using in recent years. LID recognizes the significant negative impact of towns and housing developments on plants, animals, and waterways. LID methods reduce the damaging effect of human habitation on natural habitats. Other examples of low impact design include recycling, rain barrels, permeable paving, low-water use lawns, and native gardens.

This
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 9, 2017
2. What Are Rain Gardens? Marker
project was made possible through the generous support of the following organizations:

Design:
Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
Ann English, ASLA, RLA LEED AP Landscape Architect

Labor, Excavation and Hardscape:
J&G landscape Design, Inc.

Plants:
Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection, RainScapes Program
Silver Spring Garden Club, in Honor of Alice Fransen
 
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
 
Location. 39° 3.571′ N, 77° 2.111′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Glenallan Avenue. Touch for map. On the ground of Brookside Gardens. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Glenallen Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alternative to Plastic Water Bottles (here, next to this marker); Elements of Brookside's Rain Garden (a few steps from this marker); Trial Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Azalea Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Creating Pollinator & Native Plant Gardens: (within shouting distance of this marker); Composting (within shouting distance of this marker); Efficient Irrigation System (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); What Happened Here? (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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