Installed in November of 2009, the 300 square foot Mayfield School Board Rain Garden was designed and planted by the Mayfield Horticulture Center Students. The Mayfield City School Board and the Cities of Highland Heights and Mayfield Heights funded the garden. The plants for the project were provided by Ohio Prairie Nursery and the soil and mulch were provided by Kurtz Bros.
A rain garden is a vegetated garden planted with native plants intended to allow runoff from impervious surfaces such as driveways, roads, rooftops, and parking lots to percolate into the groundwater rather than directly entering streams via storm sewers. This helps protect local streams by reducing the volume and velocity of streams during storm events and by purifying the water by allowing it to filter through the soil, thus lowering the amount of pollutants that ultimately enter the stream. Rain gardens also provide habitat for native birds and insects, and because they are planted with native plants, they require less water and maintenance once established than other non-native species.