City of Madison

City of Madison Engineering | Photo Credit: Archie Nicolette

1,000 Rain Garden Goal

Ivy Street Rain Garden

The Engineering Division invites all residents to take part in reaching its renewed 1,000 rain garden goal.

A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a shallow depression, which, sometimes, is built on a natural slope.  Rain gardens are often designed to capture and infiltrate water into the ground. A rain garden is a great option for stormwater management as it temporarily holds and soaks in rainwater runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns.

Rain Garden Map April 21, 2020

Click the map for a larger version.

If you have a rain garden, and want it included on a future interactive map the City is working on, email the photo to with the location. A point representing each rain garden will be added to the map, but addresses and information will remain private.


Guide: Build your Rain Garden for $100 or less

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Guide: How to build a raingarden

Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: Rain, Rain Go in My Garden
Map: Current Rain Garden locations in Madison


We are up to 624 rain gardens!


Rain gardens by watershed pie chart