Designing a Natural Rain Garden

Youth Rain Action Storyboard

Post 6: Designing a Natural Rain Garden

By: Roshayne 

Today I am volunteering for the Youth Rain Action project, led by Ecosource at Sheridan Nurseries in Mississauga . The goal of this project is to better a community, loved by children and adults, for them to enjoy for years to come. My group is doing the natural part of the project. This includes water conservation and planting flowers that requires low maintenance and still can be enjoyed by many.

Another plan in this project is to get rid of an unwanted sidewalk that is problematic in the building design. Getting rid of the sidewalk would help rain water to flow in the direction we would like, which will conserve water and help the environment in many ways.

This week we learned about the soil and some technical considerations. We also started creating our very own plans for designing the space. Once we have preliminary designs, we can start adding in the plants we want.

Graph paper with preliminary garden designs

Visit the Youth Rain Action project page to learn more or contact Emily Dutton at

The Youth Rain Action Project is led by Ecosource in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Burnhamthorpe Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP), and Sheridan Nurseries, and is generously supported by the Government of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.