Rain Garden

Rain garden with a plotted plant in the front and the Miami University arch in the background
 Purple flowers in the rain garden
 Rain garden with purple and yellow flowers with the Hamilton campus quad in the background.
 Students working in the rain garden.
 Yellow flowers in the rain garden

The rain garden was established in 2004 through a joint effort of the Butler County Soil and Water Conservancy District, The Conservatory and Miami University. The main function of the rain garden is to collect and filter rainwater from the adjacent parking lot.

A rain garden is a depressed area in the landscape that collects rain water from a roof, driveway or street and allows it to soak into the ground. Planted with grasses and flowering perennials, rain gardens can be a cost effective and beautiful way to reduce runoff from your property. Rain gardens can also help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds and other wildlife.