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RainScapes for Landscape Contractors


Landscape professionals are key to the success of widespread adoption of RainScapes on private property throughout Montgomery County. Landscape professionals include landscapers, landscape architects, designers, stone masons and garden center staff.

The RainScapes program offers these professionals specialized training to educate them on all aspects related to RainScaping. 

For more information and professional resources on the RainScapes projects please click here.



Why should my business and staff learn more about RainScapes?

There are many benefits for landscape professionals who attend RainScapes trainings. 

  • Increased business within the environmental and "green" communities and the ever growing number of residents interested in landscape solutions that help the environment and solve their site issues. 

  • Exposure on the RainScapes website and other outreach campaigns.

  • Expanded skill set that applies outside of Montgomery County. Stormwater runoff is a growing problem in many urban and suburban communities and the skills learned will only serve your business in the future.

  • Inspiration!  Understanding how to prevent stormwater runoff through landscaping could help inspire future design projects not within the RainScapes program.

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Finding a Landscape Professional

Our contractors list of RainScapes Professional Class attendees is currently unavailable. DEP is reviewing the list to provide residents the best guidance when searching for qualified designers and installers for their desired RainScapes project. Professionals can be located through a variety of organizations. (The list of associations is posted on this site for informational purpose only. Montgomery County, Maryland does not endorse, recommend, or make representations regarding the individual vendors, products or services that may be obtained through these associations.)

Tips to follow when selecting a landscape professional:
  • Are they licensed to do this work in the State of Maryland?
  • Can they provide a list of references?
  • What is their previous experience?
  • Have they ever installed a RainScapes project before? If so, how many? What kind/type?



What trainings are offered to Landscape Professionals?

Every year, the RainScapes program offers two specialized training courses to landscape professionals. The classroom training typically occurs in January with a follow up field day training occurring in spring. These trainings last for a full day and are free of charge. To be notified of the dates of the trainings, please sign up for our RainScapes Gazette for Professionals



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Classroom Courses

  • Overview  of RainScapes Program

  • Site Assessment  Techniques

  • Rain Garden/Conservation Landscape Design



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Field Day

  • Field days apply information learned in the classroom at an actual site.

  • During a Field Day site evaluation skills for placing RainScapes will be reviewed on-site. Then the class will either construct a rain garden using materials provided by DEP or participate in a site assessment - design charette.

  • It is required to complete the RainScapes classroom courses  prior to participating in the Field Days class.


Non-RainScapes Training Certifications:

Montgomery College Courses

Stormwater Maintenance

  • In addition to RainScapes training, approved training for County maintained Stormwater facilities is conducted by the Stormwater Maintenance Section of DEP.



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