Rain Garden spotted in the wild

The other day taking a road construction detour, I drove past a wonderful and large rain garden. The sign says in more technical terms, “Storm water Bio Retention Basin, Native Prairie Plants”. I guess if you are close to the U of MN campus you can be more technical ‘n fancy with your signage.
The plants all looked very healthy and robust. Also added some beauty to a light industrial part of town.

Photos of the Dry Creek Bed (DCB)

Wanted to get the dry creek bed in before the big storms tonight so we can see it in action and if there is anything we need to change.

The garden is mostly done! We have to add more wood chips but that will just take a few trips to the free wood chip pile provided by the city. Next up is the dry creek bed, the underground downspout that will empty into the dry creek bed, and a rain barrel! I will post more stats about the water kept on the property, the on-going progress, and more pictures.
So far, so good on the larger plants holding their own with the kiddo and the dog. With smaller plants they would have been torn up and trampled on by enthusiastic rain garden appreciators. There is still room for some more plants and now there is a whole new area to plant next to the house. Good thing I have some very generous friends and family who have offered plants from their own gardens. I hope to get some gardens going in my yard so when the times comes for helping with future rain gardens, I can give plants away.

The yard had many holes (thank you, Sage) to fill and leveled out the yard in front of the yard. I put down lots of clover seed in the dirt so hopefully we can get the clover to take over the front yard.
The yard had many holes (thank you, dog) to fill and leveled out the yard in front of the yard. I put down lots of clover seed in the dirt so hopefully we can get the clover to take over the front yard.
Just need to fill in the rain garden with more wood chips.
Just need to fill in the rain garden with more wood chips.