May 2010: the Garden was planted with native plant plugs. Hard to see but they are there.
June 2010: End of June and the plugs have started to show growth.
July 2010: It is noticeable that some of the plants are now 4 to 6 inches tall.
August 2010: By August blooming is starting to take place for some of the plants.
September 2010: Shows how a rain garden looks when filled with storm water. In our garden, which takes in storm runoff from 4 homes, water is usually soaked up in the soil within a few hours. Looking to the far right, in the photo, you will see a white stick with a gage mounted on top. This instrument was installed to measure the amount of storm water intake and to measure how quickly the water was absorbed into the ground. Also, note the trap at the curb cut. This was installed to catch all the leaves, sticks and what not that comes with storm water. The trap gets cleaned out after each storm.
September 2010: Shows how little rain is left after a few hours of being absorbed into the sandy soil.
September 2010: This picture shows how well the plugs had done and how much of the garden has filled in.
September 2010: A beautiful and functional rain garden.
August 2011: A very lush looking rain garden after just one year.
August 2011: All of the photos in this presentation were provided by Cheryl Seeman, an Anoka County Master Gardener
City of Andover, MN provides a sign for the new rain garden.