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Long Island Explorium's Port Jefferson Rain Garden

Sample Photos of Long Island Native Plants, New York Aster

We would like to thank the Long Island Sound Futures Fund ( LISFF) for their grant in the creation of the Long Island Explorium's Port Jefferson Rain Garden

"Rain gardens are designed to capture and treat stormwater, by providing drainage and removing pollutants." 

Long Island Sound Futures Fund ( LISFF)
Rain Gardens at Port Jefferson Harbor: Linking Water, Wildlife and Waterways (NY)

The Long Island Explorium has installed 2 native plant rain gardens Village Center location and Village Hall location with volunteers with one more location coming soon. The rain gardens are located in high-visibility public sites and provide natural landscaping guidance to community members in Port Jefferson.  The project will demonstrate to visitors using the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry how rain gardens improve the water quality and biodiversity of Long Island Sound.

We ask all to visit the rain garden exhibit and fill out the survey afterwards.

What is a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens are designed to capture and treat stormwater, by providing drainage and removing pollutants.

The Village Center rain garden receives stormwater from the paved area near the garden. An entire 1.2 inch – 24 hour rain event will be captured and treated as it passes through the rain garden.

The plant roots treat nitrogen, phosphorus, fecal coliform and suspended solids which are carried by the stormwater to the rain garden. Rain gardens allow water to filter slowly into the ground rather than running off to storm drains that discharge to surface water (such as the Port Jefferson Harbor) or to groundwater. Groundwater, when infiltrated to the aquifers, provides drinking water for Long Islanders. After passing through a rain garden, stormwater has been filtered and heavy metals, petroleum products and fecal coliform have been removed and absorbed by the plants.

The plants used in our rain garden are mainly native to Long Island. They support pollinator habitat by attracting our native bees, butterflies an birds. Come back and visit to see how many species you can identify visiting the garden!

From schools and parking lots to your driveway and home, rain gardens can be planted anywhere you have runoff!

Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the official unveiling of our Rain Gardens in Port Jefferson on November 20th starting at 3:45pm.

RSVP online November 13th.

Learn More

FREE workshops for the community. All participants will receive a voucher for a FREE native plant seedline to redeem in Spring 2020.

List of Plants for the Rain Gardens

Village Center Location
Scientific Names Common Names
Achillea millefolium Yarrow
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
Monarda fistulosa Bee Balm
Penstemon digitalis Smooth Penstemon
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm Black-eyed Susan
Aster novae-belgii New York Aster
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Blue Stem
Zizia aurea Golden Alexanders
Cornus alba "Ivory Halo" Tatarian Dogwood
Ilex glabra Inkberry
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire
Village Hall Location
Scientific Names Common Names
Agastache foeniculum Anise Hyssop
Achillea millefolium Yarrow
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
Iris versicolor Blue Flag Iris
Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia
Penstemon digitalis Smooth Penstemon
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm Black-eyed Susan
Aster novae-belgii New York Aster
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Blue Stem
Zizia aurea Golden Alexanders
Aronia melanocarpa Black Chokeberry
Cornus sericea 'Arctic Fire' Red Twig Dogwood
Ilex glabra Inkberry
Cornus alba "Ivory Halo" Tatarian Dogwood

Photos of Our Rain Garden Installations & Native Plants from Long Island