Who’s behind most of what you see here on this site?

The main idea of actually building rainwater storage into benches and functional outdoor living elements was a brainstorm of a small town family consisting of farmers, gardeners, horticulturists, DIYers, artists, a nurse, a roofer and inventor, and a landscape designer.

Scott Gear
Scott GearLandscape Designer
Scott has been landscaping and gardening since he was little boy growing up in the country. His passion for the environment carries over to his unique landscape designs he’s been drawing professionally since 2000, focused on bringing nature closer to people, and since 2008, building functional rainwater storage right into landscapes with Second Rain. Scott loves birds, flying, his wife Emily and their girls Veda and Isla, and of course, Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey.
Chris Russell
Chris RussellMaster Gardener, Artist, Baker, Mom, Grammy, Inventor
Yes, Chris does it all, from growing and selling perennials at Russells Farm Market to painting beautiful oil paintings to designing the Saving Rain diverter, and all the while being diagnosed with Blepharospasm over the past few years– next on her (and all of our) lists: Curing Blepharospasm

a family business…

…striving to keep that childlike awe for nature and faith in humanity.

Children remind us why we’re doing this.

Let’s leave something behind for them.

Second Rain in a nutshell…

in-a-nutshellWe are a small family-owned business in Middleton, Wisconsin, USA, that is striving to create ways for every one of us to do more to make the world a little better place to live, especially for our children.

We know that this looks different for each one of us; some are perfectly happy cutting back on using resources, changing our lifestyles – some CraterEmVedaare doing so due to increasing costs of those resources, while others for whatever