Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens
The bioswale garden was designed not only to be a colorful display for the entrance of the Cornell Botanic Gardens, but also as a way to filter surface water runoff from our parking lot. The plants used in this garden are hardy and able to tolerate differing weather conditions. As water infiltrates into the soil, microorganisms on these plants' roots and in the soil will break down pollutants from the parking lot that combine with stormwater. How could you use some of these techniques to filter rainwater runoff at your own home?
This point of interest is part of the tour: Gardens Around the Nevin Welcome Center