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Rain Gardens

Franklin Park Zoo is undergoing a dynamic renovation. Our Horticulture team's goal is to create a beautiful and environmentally beneficial oasis within the city of Boston. As part of this process, we're transforming our open spaces into an ecological botanic garden. To demonstrate how Zoo visitors can incorporate native plantings into their own gardens, we're creating model gardens. 

A rain garden, one of our model gardens, is typically planted in a depressed area of the landscape, consisting of native grasses and flowering perennials. Its function is to collect rain water from driveways or downspouts, allowing runoff to soak into the ground rather than flowing into the sewer system. Rain gardens help filter out pollutants in runoff while providing beneficial food and shelter for wildlife.

We recently installed rain gardens on either side of the entry into our Tropical Forest exhibit building. We asked MassArt students to create interpretive signage for the gardens, one of which will be placed permanently at the garden. Take a look below at their creations!