SLOW it down, SPREAD it out, SOAK it in
Captain Avery Museum’s RainScape is a demonstration bio-retention site for South Anne Arundel County.
Our gardens are a functioning storm water management system that reduces pollution from water before it enters the West River and provides cohesive landscape design for the property.
Local birds, mammals, and pollinators benefit from 5,300 square feet of wildlife habitat on our grounds. Native trees, shrubs, and perennials have been planted as a living example of how property owners can become good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay.
The development of the Captain Avery Museum’s RainScape began in 2009 to address flooding problems that blocked access to our buildings and sent unfiltered rainwater runoff directly into the West River. Since then, four rain barrels, three rain gardens with an integrated bioswale, and six conservation gardens have been added, along with four native trees, 75 shrubs, and 2,000 perennials to complete the landscape. Because of this three-year effort, storm water no longer runs freely from our property into the Bay. It is slowed down, spread out, and soaked in by our beautiful native rainscape, with filtration and infiltration provided by the soil and native plants to ensure the storm water that reaches the river is significantly cleaner.