2015 - 6th graders from Mrs. Lassley’s class recently collaborated with UNO students, OPS Career Center construction students, and members of the community to design and create a rain garden at Benson West. This is a great opportunity because rain gardens reduce rain run off by allowing storm water to soak into the ground. Other benefits include reduced erosion, less water pollution, and less flooding. Rain gardens also provide animal habitats, beauty, and a hands-on learning experience for students and the public. We will also be adding a special memorial marker to a tree that was planted there in 2008 to remember one of Benson West’s 4th graders, Garrett Schomer, who tragically passed away after a neighborhood accident. We hope the rain garden will become a pleasant addition to his memorial. Please stop by and enjoy a few relaxing moments!
Click on the pictures to explore different plants in the rain
garden written by Mrs. Lassley's class - 6th Grade.
Bee Balm Big Blue Stem Big Ears Lamb's Ear
Blue Grama Broom Sedge Butterfly Milkweed
Coneflower Dwarf False Indigo Daylily
Feather Reedgrass Gayfeather Goldenrod
Gray's Sedge Joe-pye Weed Lead Plant
Little Blue Stem Prairie Dropseed Purple Haze
Redstem Dogwood Sideoats Grama Silver Brocade
SugarShack Summer Wine Swamp Silkweed
Switchgrass Tatarian Maple Wood's Aster