Monroe County Library System,  Monroe, MI 48162


Ellis Library & Reference Center Raingarden

The Rain Garden Project:
The Monroe County Environmental Fund grant helped fund the creation of a rain garden designed to filter storm water runoff from the parking lot of the Ellis Library & Reference Center. 
The rain garden, following approximately 300 ft. of the Library’s property adjacent to the River Raisin, features native plants along with selected ornamental (shorter) perennials/shrubs, providing landscaping, natural filtration, and habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

List of plants featured in the Ellis Rain Garden

A Partnership Between:

Healthy Monroe - Recycling and Green Energy Division   Monroe County Library System

Goals of the Project:

  • Increase the amount of water filtering into the ground, recharging groundwater and helping to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the River Raisin.
  • Help sustain adequate flow in the River Raisin during dry periods.
  • Enhance the beauty of our property.
  • Provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.
  • Help protect the riverbank from damaging flows; reduce the chance of soil erosion.
  • Educate Library patrons about rain gardens.
  • Partner with garden clubs, Friends of the Library, etc. to foster development of more rain gardens in the area.

Resources about Rain Gardens:
Links provided by the Monroe County Drain Commission

Publications (printed and/or on-line)

  • Rain Garden how-to manual for homeowners. 32 pages, detailed instructions, plant lists, garden designs.  WI DNR Publication PUB-WT-776 2003; also known as University of Wisconsin-Extension, UWEX Publication GWQ037, 1-06-03-5M-100-S.

    Rain Gardens: A household way to improve water quality in your community.
    Brochure.  GWQ 034  1-01-02-5M-50-S (UW Extension); DNR WT 731-2002 (WI DNR)

    Each publication listed above is available on-line at:
    Or call:  608-947-7827; or toll-free 877-947-7827 (Madison, WI)
  • Low-impact Design Strategies.  Prince George’s County, MD.  150-page, on-line manual on hydrological strategies, including rain gardens.
  • Build Your Own Rain Garden. Rain garden basics and garden designs, with plant suggestions.
  • Plants for Stormwater Design.  D. Shaw and R. Schmidt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, July 2003.  369-page manual on plants to use in rain gardens and storm basins.  Suggests species lists for different types of projects.  Information on wetland plants. To order, call 651-297-8679.  Available on-line at:



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