This landscaped shallow depression is filled in with loose, deep soil that naturally filters storm water and prevents it from entering our waterways. A rain garden is low maintenance and planted with beautiful, hardy native plants that attract pollinators and requires little to no watering. By adopting a rain garden, the risk of overland flooding in a person’s basement is significantly reduced. Rain gardens continue to be one of the most cost-effective, low-impact development strategies that combats the effects of climate change and builds in resiliency for cities.
If you plan it out well, your rain garden can be built over a weekend.
Here’s the skinny:
1. Get your rain garden manual here - this helps you size up the kind of stormwater landscaping you want for your home.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
2. Call before your dig - make sure there’s no underground infrastructure (gas, water, telecommunications).
Ontario One Call
3. Have peace of mind: you’ve now got biodiversity, resiliency, and beauty - you're connected to nature!
Homegrown National Park Project
11 Oct 2018
RGU presents the hydrology of things at OCAD.
28 Sept 2018
RGU flexes its GI muscle in a data collection mission.
8 July 2018
The roots of RGU are chronicled here.
19 May 2018
RGU's dynamic tour is part of Green Infrastructure Week.
28 Feb 2018
Green Teacher believes everything's riding on the future of our kids, and RGU couldn't agree more.
04 Nov 2017
Want to beat back the November blahs? Rain Gardens United says, "Here's to looking at 2018."
16 Sep 2017
The DSF and Rain Gardens United fall campaign - join the celebration!
17 Jun 2017
Find Rain Gardens United in the urban forest of Leslie Grove Park.
3 JUN 2017
Rain Gardens United presents The Rain Gardens of East Danforth and their friends in a family-friendly parade in the east end of Toronto.
Jun - Jul 2017
Rain Gardens United will get fresh, will you?
27 May 2017
Rain Gardens United is on the move again in the GTHA region of Halton.
23 Apr 2017
Rain Gardens United joined the congregation at Palgrave United Church in Caledon for an Earth Day gathering.
6 Mar 2017
The Residential Rainproofing Project, and The Rain Gardens of Danforth East Village - East York have now merged under the single banner Rain Gardens United.
Water Canada H2Opinion
Maintaining Your Pollinator Habitat
Philly is on to something
Edmonton takes the Blue Ribbon
Once upon a time, biochar was the gardener’s choice of fertilizer, which helped amend the soil naturally
Other municipalities have relied on rain gardens to protect their watershed as mini- toxic clean up sites
The Gardening Authority weighs in
Being outdoors does the body good
Rain gardens are in our best interest, too
A City of Toronto expert says batten down the hatches
Vital signs in T.O. tells us to bring on the resilience
Biochar has been scientifically proven to be effective in removing pollution from water such as E coli
The Rain Gardens United initiative was made possible by being awarded the Toronto Foundation's 2015 Vital Innovation grant.
Formerly known as the Rain Gardens of Danforth East Village – East York pilot project, we proposed a green corridor to connect Wards 29, 30, 31, and 32 with the Leslie Spit and “carpet” this part of Toronto with butterfly, bee and bird friendly habitat.
Our goals include community-building, idea-sharing, and life-enhancing strategies that improve the quality of life for the citizens of Toronto. And this includes recognizing the rain gardens' capability to protect our precious freshwater in Lake Ontario.
If we can inspire others to start building rain gardens across Toronto, we can convince the City to develop a program akin to the current basement flooding protection subsidy. We aim to bring together stakeholders who prioritize the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies now.