With a Discussion of Lessons Learned from Kansas State University’s International Student Center Rain-Garden Design-Build Demonstration Project in Manhattan, Kansas
In the Flint Hills Eco-region and other parts of Kansas where prairie is the dominant historic vegetative community, rain-gardens can look and function much like a perennial garden.
The difference is that rain-gardens are intentionally designed to absorb the first inch or so of stormwater runoff from rooftops, pavement, and other impermeable surfaces of land. If a rain- garden holds more or less than the first inch of precipitation that is fine. What matters is that we try to reduce negative stormwater impacts on our aquatic resources, and rain-gardens can help!
Using native prairie species makes rain-gardens well adapted to our harsh Kansas climate, but other kinds of plants can also be used. However, please avoid invasive species! (Undated)