The beautiful Thoreau Community Rain Garden now has a brand new sign that’s just as well done as the rain garden it spotlights.
The sign, which is as colorful in November as the rain garden is in the summer, now will add a bit of cheer to the winter landscape. In addition to color, the sign gives good, solid ecological information about why rain gardens are important and how they function.
This fine rain garden is on the grounds of Thoreau School and Nakoma Park on Madison’s near west side. It’s beautiful show of native grasses and blooming wildflowers, has graced the neighborhood for a couple of springs and summers.
The Thoreau Community Rain Garden is an excellent example of civic engagement and community-based restoration in service of enhancing the social, cultural, and ecological attributes of the neighborhood.
This rain garden project, under the leadership of project manager Stephanie Robinson, is also a model of community partnerships. Funding came from the Thoreau School Environmental Fund and the Foundation for Madison Public Schools, 2012 Youth Garden Grant. Sponsors included: Thoreau Community; Thoreau Green Team 2011-2012; Girl Scout Troop 2611; UW Arboretum Earth Partnership Program; Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds; and Gere Tree Care, Inc.