ToolBank Rain Gardens

The Baltimore Community ToolBank Rain Gardens are one of the first things you’ll notice when you first visit our facility. Installed in Spring 2014, these two sizable gardens, along with expansive meadow space, help repurpose hundreds of thousands of gallons of rain water annually.

ToolBank Rain Gardens – Early Summer 2015

Our two rain gardens are sized to capture and treat 7,526 gallons of run-off for every inch of rainfall. With average precipitation of 41 inches in our region, our gardens help repurpose more than 300,000 gallons annually!

The native plants featured in our rain garden also provide a habitat for urban wildlife, including an assortment of butterflies, bees and songbirds, among others.

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A Monarch butterfly photographed in the ToolBank Rain Gardens – Spring 2017

Blog Post Directory
Why Manage Stormwater at the ToolBank?
Rain Garden Design
Construction Gallery
Construction Volunteer Gallery
Planting Gallery

A Year in the Life of the Rain Gardens
Rainscaping with Native Perennials
Urban Wildlife Features
Rain Garden Resource Guide

Project Partners
Biohabitats, Inc.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Parks & People Foundation
Wildlife Habitat Council

Blue Water Baltimore (Water Audit Rebate Program)
Chesapeake Bay Trust (Grant Funding for Signage)

Thank you to our many volunteers for their participation in the installation and maintenance of the rain garden! Credit for the photographs of the construction and planting goes to Mike Hughes.