Here are some great links on rain gardens. Rain gardens are a great way to add character to a garden while reducing the water that runs off the property (that is a good thing). Eco Brooklyn is a rain garden installer but anyone with some time and interest in gardening can do it.
Glover Perennials, in Cutchogue, N.Y., carries a wide selection of native plants suitable for rain gardens; (631) 765-3546 or gloverperennials.com.
“Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape,” by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden, is a valuable guide for designing and building a rain garden.
The Stone Center, in Bridgewater, N.J., has a good selection of river stones and boulders; (732) 469-4433 or thestonecenter.com/bridgewater.
A first-person how-to, “Rain Gardens: Using Spectacular Wetland Plantings to Reduce Runoff,” by Janet Marinelli, who built one with her husband, Don, on Shelter Island, is available on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Web site (bbg.org/gardening/article/rain_gardens). The article includes links to other excellent online guides.