Welcome to Catching Rain!

As part of the City's effort to improve the quality of our three rivers and the streams that feed them, City Utilities encourages home owners, businesses and institutions build rain gardens. We'll show you how.

A rain garden is a landscaped area that holds rain water runoff for a few hours to a few days. Rain gardens are planted with native plants that help the soil soak up more water. These plants may improve the quality of the water that does runoff.

Are you looking for a source for rain garden plants or other native perennials?  Catching Rain Fort Wayne and Riverview Native Nursery are teaming up again this year for a Rain Garden Plant Sale at Salomon Farm Park on Dupont Road on June 1, 2019 beginning at 9:00 AM.  Read more....


Rain Garden workshops have been scheduled for the spring of 2019.  Click here to see dates and locations.  Workshops are free, but we encourage you to reserve a spot by calling City Utilities at 311 or 260-427-8311.

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By attending a workshop you may quality for a cash payment through Fort Wayne's Rain Garden Incentive Program.

Fort Wayne City Utilities has developed a program to help you build and maintain a rain garden at home.  A direct cash payment is available to help you with some of the costs of plants or other rain garden needs. Incentives are only available to residential properties inside the City of Fort Wayne.


If you already have a registered Rain Garden and want to show off your work, you can send us pictures!

Mail to: City Utilities, 200 E. Berry Street, Suite 270 OR Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Over 100 rain gardens have been created in and around Fort Wayne. Is there one in your neighborhood?

Check the Map...


Help Fort Wayne reach its goal of 1,000 rain gardens!