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Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Rain Garden

People working on a rain garden with shrubs, perennials, large stones and rocks

Description

The rain garden is a collaborative project between Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. The rain garden mitigates runoff from a large parking lot. Since only native plants are used it also serves a dual purpose as an educational garden for the public to learn about how rain gardens function and how to use native plants in garden design.

Site Location

Site Name: Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
Address: 18 Seward Ave, Middletown, NY 10940
Owner: Orange County
County: Orange
Watershed: Monhagen Brook (Wallkill River)
Land use of site: Office
Can this site be visited? Yes
Location on site: Between the front of the building and the parking lot

Practice Details

Intent of design: To mitigate runoff from the parking lot
Size of structure/capacity: 900 square feet
Size of drainage area: 8,000 square feet
Plants or materials used: Assorted native shrubs and perennials
Maintenance: Regular weeding, removal of leaves as needed, annual mulching
Maintained by: Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Master Gardeners

Design/Installation Information

Design: Orange County Soil & Water and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (landscape design)
Installation: Orange County Soil & Water and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
Date of installation: September and October 2010
Zoning change or special permit required: No
Project cost: Construction - $6,500; Plants - $600; Professional services - $6,200; Volunteer services value - $1,000
Form of payment: Multiple sources

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: Kevin Sumner, District Manager, Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District
Address: 225 Dolson Avenue, Suite 103, Middletown, NY 10940
Email: kevin.sumner@ocsoil.org
Phone: (845) 343-1873

Contact: Debbie Lester, Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
Address: 18 Seward Ave, Suite 300, Middletown, NY 10940
Email: dal53@corbell.edu
Phone: (845) 344-1234