RAIN GARDEN FACT SHEET by spz45064

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									                               RAIN GARDEN FACT SHEET


               BLOOMFIELD HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS –
                  BOWERS FARMS RAIN GARDEN

Location of Bowers Farms: 1219 East Square Lake Road (east of Adams Road; north side).
The Rain Garden is “on the hill” near other volunteer-maintained flower and herb gardens.

Site Owner/Manager: Owned by Bloomfield Hills Schools. Contact: Mark Seeley, Farm
Manager, Bowers Farms, Bloomfield Hills Schools, 1219 East Square Lake Road, Bloomfield
Hills MI 48304, phone: 248-341-6475, Email: mseeley@bloomfield.org

Rain Garden Design and Public Education Contact:
Martha Humphrey, SOCWA Master Composter & Oakland County Master Gardener:
babylon6@ameritech.net.

Project partners: Oakland County Master Gardener Association
                  Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bowers Farms
                  SOCWA – SE Oakland County Water Authority

Origin of storm water: Roof of farm education building, plus overland runoff. The rain garden
is down-slope from the education building and receives a torrent of rain water during major
storm events.

Area covered by rain garden: 12 feet by 24 feet.

Construction date: Summer 2004

Construction method: Native soil was excavated by the Bowers Farms staff. The “hole” was
filled with about 10 yards of SOCRRA yard waste compost, with some sharp sand mixed in
(15% estimated). SOCWA delivered the compost to the site. Several stone wall “berms” or
“terraces” were installed to minimize erosion on the hillside.

Site condition prior to rain garden installation: A garden formerly existed on the site, but it
was not well maintained. The soil on-site is very sandy. The rain garden site is on a steep hill.

Planting plan: Native wildflowers and grasses used. Planting plan developed by lead volunteer
Martha Humphrey with some native flower donations from SOCWA. Planted spring and
summer 2004 by Martha Humphrey and Master Gardener volunteers.

Maintenance plan: Master Gardener Association of Oakland County, coordinated through
Martha Humphrey. Maintenance challenge: the rock fill in sand.

Special features and benefits: The rain garden is close to a number of other gardens of interest
to students and adults. The site is used extensively for school field trips and nature study;
thousands of Bloomfield Hills elementary students visit Bowers Farms each year. Staff have
indicated their interest in teaching “water cycle” and “ecosystem” lessons from the rain garden.
The garden is also a great education spot for the “Open Barn” and other public events.
RAIN GARDEN FACT SHEET
BLOOMFIELD HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOWERS FARMS RAIN GARDEN
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         Bloomfield Hills Public Schools –Bowers Farms Rain Garden, 2004, Newly Planted




Fact sheet and photo provided by: Lillian Dean, Southeastern Oakland Co Water Authority   September 13, 2005

								
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