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Rain_Garden 001UMD has several rain gardens, as part of our commitment to protect Lake Superior.  The largest  is referred to as “The UMD Rain Garden” and is located on College Street near the Lund Building (Google Maps link). Interpretive signs and self-guided tour brochures can be found along the sidewalk. Flowers bloom from as early as May to September.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is a planted depression, or low area, that allows rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces (like roofs, driveways, walkways, and parking lots) to soak in.  Rain gardens also help remove pollutants from water before it enters a local stream.

It is a landscaping feature that is planted with native perennial plants and is used to manage stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks, and parking lots. The UMD Rain Garden is composed of plantings, a drain tile system, and a water level control system.

2. How many gallons of water can it hold?

The UMD Rain Garden can hold as much as 60,000 US gallons of water.

3. How can I tour the Rain Garden?

If you would like to visit, email us to schedule a tour.  Or download our Self-guided Tour brochure and our Pocket Plant List. You may also take a virtual tour, from this student -produced UMD Rain Garden video.
For more information about the UMD Rain Garden, contact Facilities Management at


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