Cancelled-Rain Garden Planting

Volunteers needed to plant a rain garden at George Watts Montessori Elementary School


 With the help of many supporters and partners, George Watts Montessori is renovating their playground. In the renovation, rain gardens were included in the design. We are seeking community volunteers to help install/plant these rain gardens.

About rain gardens: The main tasks of rain gardens are to capture and soak in rainwater from impervious surfaces. Rain gardens also help to filter out pollutants, prevent soil erosion and flooding, and enhance the quality of drinking water, and beautify a space.

Information for volunteers: Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray

All ages are welcome to come!


Rain gardens are a kind of Superhero garden!


A rain garden is not your typical garden but rather a kind of “Superhero” garden. To all the gardeners that may be shocked by my claim, please allow me to explain myself. Rain gardens are composed of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers that are planted on a small depression on a slope. These superhero gardens are beneficial to us and wildlife in many ways. The main tasks of these gardens are to temporarily capture and soak rainwater runoff that flows from roofs, lawns, and driveways. If you’re thinking” but all gardens do that!” the answer is: yes and no. The reason is that traditional gardens are not planted in a “bowl-shaped” area but planted in a flat area. On this flat area, some water filters into the soil but MOST of the water runs off until it reaches a lake, river, stream, or storm water drain. During its journey, runoff picks up pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, dirt, oil, garbage, etc. Those pollutants will eventually reach and negatively affect our sources of drinking water and recreational areas. But with the help of our Superhero- Rain Garden the water will be captured and filter most of the pollutants. By collecting water in the “bowl-shaped” area, rain gardens also protect against flooding and erosion by minimizing the surge of water that rushes to a body of water after a storm. You can plant native plants that are accustomed to excess water in your rain garden. The added benefit of planting native is that these plants will help attract native species and reduce the amount of time spent in maintaining your garden. If you are trying to save the bees, butterflies and other friends the Superhero- Rain Garden will save them all along with enhancing the quality of our drinking water.

We have an upcoming volunteer opportunity to participate in planting a rain garden- Let’s Create a Superhero with Keep Durham Beautiful- Rain Garden Planting at Watts Montessori Elementary School on October 9, 2016 from 2:00 pm- 5:00pm.


Community Garden Workday

What: Community Garden Workday at Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 | 1-4pm

Where: 1809 Angier Avenue, Durham, NC 27703

Help Keep Durham Beautiful with heavy lifting at this community garden that is an anchor in the East Durham community. Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm is a ½ -acre urban agriculture project run by cooperative members. The farm features a blueberry mini orchard, fruit trees and shrubs, pollinator gardens, and a 1/3-acre market garden and bee hives. CrossFit Volunteers will lend their strength and perseverance to the effort and join community members in clearing the blueberry patch, preparing the perennial bed, mulching the pathway, and painting the shed at this unique farm located ½ mile from downtown Durham.

Email Erin at for more information and to sign up!

Are you a new volunteer? Please fill out the Keep Durham Beautiful volunteer application