Rain Garden Installed At CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has partnered with Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage (CWF) and Adkins Arboretum to build a rain garden on the grounds surrounding its visitor parking lot, funded by a grant from Chesapeake Bay Gateways.

On September 15, volunteers at CBMM and representatives from CWF spent the day installing a variety of plants donated by Adkins Arboretum. The plants are native to the Eastern Shore, benefiting wildlife and water quality, and include Switchgrass, Swamp Milkweed, Joe-Pye Weed, New York Aster, Cardinal flower, and Blue Cardinal flower.

A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater from impervious areas such as parking lots, roofs, driveways, and compacted lawn areas to be absorbed into the ground, helping to reduce stormwater runoff into waterways.