Rain gardens catch rainwater runoff and can support a variety of unique native Tennessee plants that thrive in variable soil moisture conditions. They can alleviate maintenance issues in soggy spots in the yard, working with nature instead of against it through water-loving, adapted plants. Rain gardens are also a nature-based solution to reducing risk of local flooding, providing benefits at multiple scales. 

Visit our iNaturalist site​ for plant recommendations, or download the complete list here. 

Check out rain gardens popping up across the state! Visit our web map to see photos of rain gardens at work in Tennessee watersheds.  Add your rain garden to the map using this form to tell us about your rain garden story
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The rain garden at the UT Gardens was built in 2011 and has matured to full plant canopy over time.