Initially installed in 2006, the garden was
expanded in 2008, through the Root Pike
WIN rain garden grant program.
These photos are from May, 2010.
The Rain Garden is located at the Hales
Corners Fire Station at 11000 W Forest
Home Ave. and is open to the public.
There is an interpretive sign next to the
sidewalk which provides some detailed
information about rain gardens.
Student helpers during the installation of
a new Rain Garden in June, 2009 at
Edgerton Elementary School located at
116th & Edgerton Ave. and is open to
Build your Own
Hales Corners Environmental Committee
Rain Garden Demonstrations
Rain gardens soak up rain from roofs, driveways, sidewalks, or yards.
They are slightly different from typical flower gardens. They are planted
with wildflowers and deeply-rooted native vegetation, which helps the
ground soak up more water. Typically, they are placed near downspouts on
a home to capture water so runoff can gradually soak into the ground.
According to the DNR, rain gardens can absorb 30% more water than a