Raingardens in Melbourne
Melbourne Water has been working with local councils and the community to build raingardens in public spaces such as streets, parks and schools. Our 10,000 Raingardens Program aims to encourage people to build raingardens in their homes.
Here are some of Melbourne’s best public raingardens.
Federation Square Carpark Raingarden, Central Melbourne
This raingarden was built to filter stormwater runoff before it enters the Yarra River.
Raingarden plants used in this raingarden are:
- Gymea Lily, otherwise known as Giant Spear Lily (Doryanthes excelsa) - the large tufted species in the foreground
- Blueberry Ash (Elaeocarpus reticulates)
- Carex species.
Lambert Street Raingardens, Richmond
A series of street raingardens have been built into this urban streetscape to create a greener space and to filter stormwater before it enters our rivers, creeks and the bay. Raingarden plants used in these raingardens include:
- Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)
- Little Rev (Dianella revoluta).
A planter box raingarden has been built at the Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre in Canterbury. The raingarden has been planted with Lomandra and Cordyline species, which help remove pollutants such as nitrogen that often build up on hard surfaces in urban environments. Fewer pollutants like this mean that the Community Centre's local waterway, Gardiners Creek, is a healthier one.
In the City of Port Phillip a raingarden demonstration day was held in November 2010 to show interested homeowners how they can design and build their own raingarden. If you missed the demonstration day you can still visit the raingarden exhibit at the Betty Day Community Centre.
A raingarden demonstration day was also held in partnership with City of Knox in September 2010. There are two raingardens on display at the Ferntree Gully Library near to the entrance where visitors can see a raingarden in action.
Federation Square Carpark, Central Melbourne
Lambert Street, Richmond
Canterbury Community Centre
Betty Day Community Centre, St Kilda
Ferntree Gully Library