Fanwood Memorial Library Demonstration Rain Garden

North Avenue & Tillotson Road
NJ 07023

Fanwood Memorial Library Demonstration Rain Garden

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The Fanwood Memorial Library rain garden was installed as part of the Stormwater Management in Your Backyard program that trained the Master Gardeners of Union County.

Type of Runoff Managed:

This rain garden manages stormwater from the Fanwood Memorial Library's rooftop. Before the rain garden was installed, water was conveyed from a downspout to the road via an underground PVC pipe.


Approximately fifteen volunteers, which included the Master Gardeners of Union County, members of the Rahway River Association, and members of the Fanwood Environmental Commission, were present for the installation of the rain garden in Fall 2005, which was approved by the Mayor of Fanwood and the Fanwood Memorial Library. Fanwood Public Works volunteered their time to assist with the rain garden installation. On September 10, 2006, the rain garden was dedicated to Steven A. Clark. The underground PVC pipe was exposed and cut to convey water into the rain garden and not into the road. The PVC pipe, however, continued to serve as an overflow device during large storm events.

Plant List:

Bald Cypress
Bee Balm
Blackhaw Viburnum
Blue Flag Iris
Cardinal Flower
Culver's Root
False Blue Indigo
Garden Phlox
Highbush Cranberry
Joe Pye Weed
Marsh Marigold
Obedient Plant
Shasta Daisy
Shrubby Cinquefoil
Swamp Milkweed
Turk's Cap Lily
Virginia Bluebells
White Snakeroot
Wild Columbine


The rain garden is maintained by the Master Gardeners of Union County.


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