Gresham High School Rain Garden

In 2010, Jamie Stamberger worked with City of Gresham staff, high school principal, teachers and maintenance staff, and students to install a demonstration rain garden and improve an unsightly area on the school campus.

Project site before excavation, winter 2010.










This site on the high school campus along a busy street in Gresham was a highly visible target for vandalism. This project was funded by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Gresham Watershed Division. Garden size and shape to were designed to capture runoff from 1,000 square feet of roof and allow for safe overflow.

Excavating garden, spring 2011.
Excavating garden, spring 2011.











In spring 2011, Jamie worked with City of Gresham Operations staff to excavate and install soil amendment and bark dust.

Botany class plants garden.
Botany class plants garden.











The GHS Botany class competed to design garden planting plan. Jamie incorporated winning designs into one plan and helped class install them as part of their landscaping and native plants unit. Jamie also created a stormwater scavenger hunt on school grounds for students to identify sources of stormwater pollution and ideas for reducing it.  The classes and their teacher continue to maintain garden as part of their curriculum.

Established garden at one year old.
Established garden at one year old.










Jamie installed interpretive signage installed to educate passers-by, and a student group painted and installed a water-centered mural to discourage vandalism and help promote efforts to reduce water pollution.  The garden filters and absorbs an estimated 28,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year.

Return to the Rain Garden Projects page for more examples of our work.

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