Sustainable Practices

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are constructed landscape depressions that allow water to soak into the ground instead of running into storm drains.

The benefits of such a 'garden' are numerous:

  • Rain Gardens at Arlington National Cemetery

    They reduce and filter sediment and pollutants. 

  • They help control flooding and erosion problems. 

  • When utilized, the leaves, seeds and fruit of native plants provide valuable food for local native butterflies, moths, bees and birds.

Arlington National Cemetery currently has three rain gardens; all are in an employee parking lot in the south end of the cemetery.

By the end of 2016, we expect to add two additional rain gardens to an area around the Administration Building.