Rain Gardens

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a collection of hardy plants designed to absorb rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, and turf.

Rain gardens are beneficial for a number of reasons:

  • reduce stormwater pollution by allowing rain water to soak into the ground
  • provide attractive solution for landscapes with erosion problems, localized flooding, and poor drainage
  • serve as an outdoor learning lab
  • create wildlife habitat

Our Projects


Greene School

The School Rain Garden Program is designed to provide students with the learning tools they need to affect positive change on water quality in their local watershed.

Ohio River Foundation launched this program in fall of 2008 as a pilot program. Four lucky Cincinnati-area schools were selected to receive a unique 4-part program and rain garden.

We completed indoor and outdoor lessons with students ranging from 4th to 12th grade, and planted four gardens in the spring of 2009.

Interested in applying? Read about the full program here.

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Stormwater and Rain Gardens



Ohio River Foundation Community Rain Garden Program began in winter 2007. Since then, we’ve led the design and installation of 16 gardens in Ohio and Kentucky, for a total of 16,500 square feet, that captures and filters about 1 million gallons of stormwater every year!

Eden Park

Read about our projects here.

Map of Rain Gardens (2007- 2009)

View Ohio River Foundation's Rain Gardens in a larger map