Cave of the Mounds: Rain Gardens

© Photographed October 18, 2015
Erected by Cave of the Mounds and Travel Green Wisconsin
Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin
43.017039,-89.814731

Rain Gardens
The gardens you see before you are designed to reduce runoff which may contain harmful pollutants. Rain gardens are an infiltration technique -- water is captured in a garden which is specifically designed to act like a giant sponge. Water has a chance to slowly filter into the ground rather than run off into a storm sewer, river, stream, lake or other body of water.

Native plants are recommended for rain gardens because they generally don't require fertilizer and are more tolerant of one's local climate, soil, and water conditions. The plants take up excess water flowing into the rain garden. Plus, they add beauty and interest  to your landscape!
 Backyard
Conservation
Creating a Rain Garden is a relatively
simple way you can reduce non-point
source pollution and encourage wildlife
biodiversity while reducing environmental
impacts right in your own backyard! For
more information, contact your local
Cooperative Extension office or visit
for helpful links and
information.

Benefits of
Catching Water
Rain gardens are beneficial for many reasons...
  • They improve water quality by filtering runoff
  • They encourage wildlife and biodiversity
  • They tie together building with their surroundings
Plus, they are fun to plant and beautiful to look at!
Here at Cave of the Mounds -- National Natural Landmark, we are committed to the conservation of the cave. Filtering the water and caring for the landscape above the cave are a vital part of this effort.
The marker is located at Cave of the Mounds and is accessible from westbound Cave of the Mounds Road, between Rooney Road (to the west) and County Highway ID (to the east), at or near





The marker is to the left of this entrance leading to Cave of the Mounds.





Cave of the Mounds is located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.

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