Photo Registry - Holmes Lake Watershed Water Quality Improvement Project

As part of the Holmes Lake Watershed Water Quality Improvement Program, funded by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, twenty rain gardens have been built within the Holmes Lake Watershed. East of Holmes Lake, Holmes Lake Watershed is an area generally bordered between 56th street and 84th street, South Street and Highway 2.

The rain gardens were designed and installed by Matt Morrissey at Campbell's Nursery. Installations began in early September 2007 and were completed on November 14, 2007, with the exception of the Maxey Elementary School rain garden, which was completed in Spring 2008. There are a variety of plants you can use in rain gardens, and a general list can be found in the Plant Selection for Rain Gardens in Nebraska NebGuide. The plant species chosen for these rain gardens can be found below, along with pictures of each garden. More photos will be taken as each rain garden matures and captures rainwater.

The pallet of plants is chosen from both native and hardy introduced plants. Plant material in a rain garden must be able to withstand not only saturated soils, but also periods or dry soil conditions, since they will not always be wet. You will notice numerous plants have a selected cultivar that was used. These cultivars are not necessarily specific, but rather ones that are readily available and have proven success in the home landscape. There are numerous other cultivars that would work well. For example, 'Woods Purple' aster can easily be replaced with 'Woods Pink' or 'Woods Blue'. The same can be said for plants such as daylilies, hibiscus and switch grasses. Other plants such as 'Fireworks' goldenrod, 'Miss Manners' obedient plant are chosen because of their clump-forming habit and good form.

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Matt Morrissey
Landscape Designer
Campbell's Nursery and Garden Center
7000 S. 56th Street
Lincoln, NE 68516


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