How were the Puyallup rain gardens received? "Mine does everything I wanted," community-gardener Heidi Eshpeter says. "Before, I had standing water in front of my doorway when it rained. Now the downspout water is piped directly into the rain garden." Her entry remained dry all last winter, one of the wettest on record.
Strolling along streets is a popular pastime in Puyallup, and passersby often pause to read signs explaining the rain gardens. Says Heidi, "People will ask, 'Can we come up and look?' I say, 'Sure.' That's the whole purpose. It's great that we can spread the word."
Click next to see the plant list for the flower-filled garden shown here.