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Rain Gardens

In 1996, Maplewood installed it’s first rain garden to help manage stormwater. Today the city has over 700 home rain gardens and over 60 rain gardens on city land.
A rain garden is a shallow depression that collects rain water and allows it to infiltrate. It’s planted with plants that can tolerate a wide range of soil moisture. 


At Maplewood Nature Center
2659 E.7th St. Maplewood
Thursday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. 
Call Deb Barnes, 651-792-7959 at Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District to register. Please provide your name, e-mail, address, phone number and # of people attending. Register by May 1.

Learn how to design and build a rain garden with Ramsey Conservation District, Watershed District and Maplewood Nature Center experts. Tour the fun rainwater features at the Nature Center and discover what rain garden plants are popping up in mid-May.  Identify soil types and determine how fast water soaks into your soil.  Learn how to choose plants and get advice from technical staff and Master Gardeners in planning your rain garden design. Prior to the class you will be e-mailed  or mailed a questionnaire and a worksheet to fill out including a drawing of your yard. Please complete these before the workshop and bring them with you to the class. At the workshop we will provide an aerial map of your site to use in planning your rain garden.

This free workshop is sponsored by Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Maplewood Nature Center, the City of Maplewood, Ramsey Conservation District and Blue Thumb. For more information about the class contact Sage Passi@612-598-9163.

Click HERE for flier.

Maplewood's Rain Garden Program

The city encourges the use of rain gardens on both public and private lands.

  • Rain gardens on Maplewood street reconstruction projects. When people talk about Maplewood rain gardens, they are usually talking about the gardens that were created as part of street reconstruction projects. Since 1996, the city has installed over 700 boulevard raingardens and over 60 city rain gardens as part of street reconstruction projects.

  • Installing a rain garden on your own. Maplewood encourages residents that are not on street reconstruction projects to consider installing a rain garden on their own. Most yards have room for a rain garden that can collect roof runoff. Some residents are also able to collect driveway runoff or runoff from a slope. Click on the link to the left for information on creating your own rain garden.
  • Rain gardens for developments and businesses. Maplewood encourages developers and businesses to consider rain gardens when determining how best to manage runoff from their site. Several developers and businesses have created beautiful rain gardens in our community. Some favorites are:

    • Maplewood Mall -- east entrance and ring of raingardens around the mall
    • Legacy Village Rain Gardens – median along Legacy Parkway (west of Kennard)
    • Somerhill apartments – at southwest corner of Harvester and Ferndale


Rain Garden Designs

From formal to wild, from shrubs to perennials, there are many options for rain garden designs and plants. Click on the Design link in the left column above to view information on rain garden designs.

1830 County Road B East • Maplewood, MN 55109 • Ph: (651) 249-2000