The improved cultivar of Highbush Cranberry, also known as 'Wentworth' Viburnum, is one of the species used in the Forrest Keeling rain garden.

The improved cultivar of Highbush Cranberry, also known as 'Wentworth' Viburnum, is one of the species used in the Forrest Keeling rain garden.

Rain Gardens and Bioswales

RPM plants achieve results faster!

One key to creating a working rain garden or bioswale is to use deep-rooted plants. Forrest Keeling's plants are grown using the patented RPM root production method® to create more extensive root systems faster--and that means a more efficient working rain garden or bioswale sooner for you.

In keeping with Forrest Keeling's commitment to find improved methods to reduce its negative impact on the environment, a large, working rain garden was installed on the nursery's grounds in spring 2008. "The deep-rooted native plants and sunken profile of the rain garden really help absorb stormwater as well as surface water runoff and reduce erosion," explained Kim Young, nursery vice-president and general manager. "The rain garden has solved our problem with standing water on our front lawn. Its also adds a beautiful feature that attracts songbirds."

For more information about this rain garden,download a color PDF of the rain garden design by Judy Allmon, Bluestem Landscapes, or contact her at judy@bluestemservices.com, or 573-230-1196.


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Rain Gardens for Homeowners

This document gives you all the basics for creating a beautiful, working rain garden. It also gives details on the FKN rain garden.