Sackville Rain Garden Program

About the Program

In recent years, Sackville, NB has experienced numerous rain storms and floods. Homeowners in downtown Sackville can help reduce flooding by planting rain gardens. EOS has acquired funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program to plant 16-20 rain gardens between now and March 2021 in downtown Sackville. EOS is looking for homeowners who live in flood-prone areas and areas that contribute to flooding further downhill that would like a FREE rain garden. This is a great opportunity to help address flooding and add some pollinator-friendly habitats around town!

Facts about Rain Gardens

  • Rain gardens collect rain water from roofs, driveways and other hard surface areas and let it absorb naturally into the ground.
  • Rain gardens are planted at least 3 m (10ft) from building foundations.
  • They are planted with native grasses, plants and flowers that help absorb rain water.
  • The plants’ deep roots also help to break up the soil and improve its permeability.
  • Rain gardens help to recharge ground water supplies and also filter pollutions and limit runoff and sedimentation.
  • They mimic natural environments and attract bees and butterflies.
  • They are easy to plant and start working immediately.
  • Rain gardens absorb 30-40% more rain water than the average grass-covered lawn.
  • They do not breed mosquitoes because they don’t hold water for more than 24-48 hours.

How to Get Started

EOS will work with homeowners this fall to conduct a pre-planting site assessment and design each garden. EOS covers the cost of plants and materials and will plant the gardens starting in spring 2019. The Town of Sackville and Terra Beata are donating mulch and compost.

To request a site visit or for more information, contact Amanda at eos@nb.aibn.com or 506.536.4487.

Interested in planting your own garden?

Follow our how-to guide: Rain Gardens – How to Handout for Tantramar

Testimonials

“I want to thank you and EOS for accepting me as a recipient and a big shout out to the crew that dug the garden and planted the beautiful plants. The heavy rain we had helped establish them and they look super.” – Rhianna Edwards, Homeowner  

Year End Reports

Rain Gardens Report Year 1

Rain Gardens Final Report Year 2