Rain Gardens and Native Plants

Classroom B

This class serves as an introduction to rain gardens – shallow depressions planted with wild flowers and other native vegetation that soak up rain water.  These functional and attractive landscape elements are an effective tool in reducing stormwater volume and improving water quality.

Rain gardens are one more opportunity to increase the use and diversity of native plant species in the installed landscape. Relatively inexpensive and simple to design and install, rain gardens use native plants to slow the flow of stormwater, filter out pollutants, recharge the aquifer and beautify the landscape.

Communities might consider incorporating rain gardens as amenities and affordable low impact development strategies.


Florida DBPR Board of Landscape Architecture: Course #0011352, 1 optional CE.

ISA Certified Arborists Certified Arborist: 1 | Municipal Specialist: 1 | BCMA – Management: 1 TW Climber Specialist: 1 | TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1

FNGLA: 1 credit for FNGLA certified horticulture or landscape professional.


  • Purpose, function and benefits of rain gardens
  • Role of rain gardens in stormwater management
  • Design process and costs
  • Plant selection
  • Aesthetics
  • Maintenance
  • Interpretation
Communities Design Garden/Landscape ISA Cert Arborist LA CE credits Plants