Landscaping for Healthier Lakes, Ponds, Streams, and Rivers

Rain gardens and waterside buffer gardens are a joy to see, but beauty is only where their benefits begin. If properly designed, these gardens provide important stormwater management services. They protect water bodies from polluted runoff and help control erosion. When designed with native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees, waterside gardens provide extraordinary support for native birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife. This one-hour presentation offers an introduction to how we can use flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs to manage stormwater.

In this one- or two-hour presentation, I offer an introduction to water-buffering landscapes. Depending on the length, topics may include:

  • Definition of buffer gardens
  • Beneficial functions they provide
  • The roles of roots and leaves
  • Site selection and site preparation
  • Plant selection and installation

A resource list accompanies the presentation, including native plants for a variety of waterside settings, as well as plant and seed sources.

Download the PDF at the end of the page to see an article on the streamside buffer at Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown, CT. It appeared in September 2016 in "Connecticut Woodlands," published by Connecticut Forest and Park Association.