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Rain garden detail by Jeff Huber, University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

Arkansas Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are landscaped depressions that collect rainfall from a roof, paved area or yard.  These bowl-shaped gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff and allow it slowly to percolate into the soil, recharging groundwater and removing stormwater pollutants.

How do rain gardens work?

The garden's flat bottom helps distribute rain water evenly across the planted area.  Topsoil amended with compost and sand allows the water to slowly soak into the ground within a few days so there is no standing water to breed mosquitoes.

Many Arkansas residents are turning to rain gardens as a way to improve water conservation and beautify their yards and public areas.

This rain garden collects stormwater from a park pavilion roof, allowing it to slowly soak into the ground and irrigate native plants.
During a storm, roof runoff fills a rain garden.










 Landscaped with native plants that can thrive in both extreme wet and dry conditions, rain gardens provide many benefits including:

  • Protecting local streams and lakes from urban stormwater pollutants including sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, and automotive fluids
  • Increasing water infiltration and recharging groundwater supplies
  • Enhancing the beauty of yards and neighborhoods through beautiful landscaped areas
  • Providing habitat and food for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects
  • Reducing flooding and drainage problems in communities
  • Sustaining creek flows during dry weather
  • Reducing the flow intensity of creeks during flood events

Downloadable Rain Garden Resources

Rain garden video podcasts

Native Plants for Rain Gardens in Arkansas

If you are curious about native plants and interested in a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape or concerned about health and water quality, learn more about native Arkansas plants.