Rain Gardens

Runoff from the impervious pavement helps this rain garden thrive. 

Rain gardens are a wonderful way to beautify your property and reduce your water consumption. By directing rainwater from your roof or any other impervious structure, you can create a beautiful space without supplemental watering.

Diagram from Carolina Clear

Diagram from Carolina Clear


Installing a rain garden can be easy or technical depending on the design complexity. At its simplest, a rain garden consists of a shallow depression that allows water to drain towards the plants. More complex versions can involve specialized soil mixtures and subsurface drains. For assistance with installing a rain garden, contact the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners.

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water savings

Installing a rain garden can significantly reduce the amount of water you use for irrigation. Well-designed rain gardens can flourish with just the occasional shower. Utilizing native, drought-tolerant plants also helps improve resiliency in drier months. See the Sonoma County RCD's Guide for specific rain garden installation strategies. 



stormwater impacts

Rain Gardens help your local community and environment by removing pollution before it enters waterways. The plants and soil in a rain garden filter stormwater and allow it to sink into the ground. This helps improve stream habitat and reduces the risk of flooding.