Rain Gardens are one of the ways that individuals, businesses, and municipalities can mitigate stormwater. They are a landscaped depression designed to retain and treat stormwater. A number of rain gardens have been built for this purpose. The Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program is designed to keep these gardens functional and attractive.

What is a rain garden?
A rain garden is a bowl-shaped garden designed to capture and absorb rainfall and snowmelt (collectively referred to as “stormwater”). When stormwater runs off impervious surfaces such as parking lots, roofs, compacted soils, and roads, it accumulates pollutants and delivers them to a nearby lake or river either directly or via a storm drain. Stormwater pollutants typically include sediment; nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus); bacteria from animal waste; and oil, grease, and heavy metals from cars. Stormwater also causes increased flooding, which erodes stream banks resulting in additional problems. However, if captured by a rain garden, stormwater soaks into the ground recharges the groundwater at a rate 30% greater than that of a typical lawn. Ultimately, if we all work together to create landscape features that absorb the stormwater, we can restore and help preserve the waterways that make Vermont so beautiful.

What is the Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program?
The Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program is an opportunity for individuals to assist in keeping Chittenden County's public rain gardens clean and attractive by performing basic maintenance activities like picking up litter, pulling weeds, and installing new mulch.

What are the program benefits?

  • You can improve the beauty and value of Chittenden County's neighborhoods
  • It’s a great opportunity for you to get outside during nice weather and have fun gardening
  • Properly maintained rain gardens improve our water quality and reduce flood risks

What is the time commitment?
We ask that you commit to adopting a rain garden for at least 2 years. The adoption commitment begins in April and concludes at the end of November.

Who can participate?
The program is is open to individuals, neighborhood associations, civic groups, religious organizations, service organizations, schools (school groups and teams), businesses and other community organizations.

Where are the public rain gardens?

Williston Town Hall Rain Garden

Location Address Adopter
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln St.
Essex Junction
Needs a Volunteer!
Callahan Park Locust St.
Brad Ketterling
Chamberlin School 262 White St.
S. Burlington
Chris Provost
Coast Guard Station Depot St.
Wiley Reading
Correctional Facility Farrell St.
S. Burlington
Department of Corrections
Farrell Park Swift Street
S. Burlington
Needs a Volunteer!
Landry Park North St.
Steve Hauke - Winooski High School
Williston Annex 7900 Williston Rd.
Rita Dessau
Williston Town Library 21 Library Lane
Andrew Wolf