Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens

A rain garden is any landscaping that filters and absorbs stormwater (rainwater) runoff from a nearby impervious surface such as a roof, driveway, parking lot or street. Many rain gardens are installed around a raised overflow drain or other overflow route just in case there is more runoff than the garden can easily absorb.

The garden can be a simple lawn or cluster of rocks receiving runoff from a roof downspout that has been disconnected from underground drains. It can be an ecosystem full of varied plants, insects and other animals. It can be a vast pond, hosting ducks and serving as the focal point of a neighbourhood. Our imaginations are the only limit.

Click on the sidebar links for more information about rain gardens, including descriptions of several rain garden projects coordinated by Cougar Creek Streamkeepers.

Highlights of 2019


Beaver pond leveller installation


Chelsea Gate buffer zone planting


Cougar Creek in photos


Westview Bend habitat enhancement planting


What’s a rain garden, and why should I care?