In the 608: Infrastructure & Public Works Week; How to create a rain garden

MADISON, Wis. – It is National Infrastructure Week and Public Works Week, and the City of Madison is showing us how much working together with other agencies is important in completing jobs in the community.

One of the current projects that’s a good example of this is the Jenifer Street reconstruction.

The City of Madison is also suggesting people add rain gardens to their yards, and now is the time to do it.

A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a shallow depression, which, sometimes, is built on a natural slope.

The Engineering Division says a rain garden is a great option for stormwater management as it temporarily holds and soaks in rainwater runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns. Rain garden plants capture 30% more water than a regular lawn and filter that water into the ground.

If you have a rain garden and want it included on a future interactive map the City of Madison is working on, email the photo to with the location. A point representing each rain garden will be added to the map, but addresses and information will remain private.

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