Dreaming of a rain garden…

Today we met with the fabulous Two Sallys about 7400’s rain garden they are designing!  It will span the front width of the building and from the building face to the sidewalk. A fairly large piece of asphalt will soon be transformed into a bed that will capture channelled and diverted water from the surrounding parking area and the building’s vast roof. Like any good rain garden, ours will help lighten the load placed on the public sewer system and provide invaluable aesthetic benefit. Additionally, there will be a smaller rain garden on the lot’s southwest corner  to capture 50% of the rain water from the back side of the roof; on the southeast corner, a rain barrel will capture the other 50%. We’ll use the water captured in the barrel to feed our gardens during dry spells. Stay tuned for future updates on this really special project.  In the meantime, learn more about why rain gardens are sustainable and essential at www.moriver.org/raingardens.html or www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/raingarden_design/index.htm. Or, if you prefer the printed page, check out Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden’s Rain Gardens: Managing water sustainably in the garden and designed landscape.

Here are a few snapshots of the three proposed locations:

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  1. 26 May 2012, 8:07 am Matthew Porter

    Two Salleys sounds like a great team. I am yearning for some sketches… and a birds eye view. Is that an apt behind 7400 Pershing? Does this mean you are on a corner, as good petrol stations once were?

  2. 27 May 2012, 11:53 pm Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt

    Sketches to come! and more photos as we hone in on the plant types. Yes, we are on a corner…a good one! I wonder if it’s on Google maps? New post coming in a day or so…many walls have been taken out and things are really shaping up inside! Thanks for the post Matt!

  3. 28 May 2012, 10:33 am Matthew Porter

    Those Sallies better by lesbians or you are going to end up with an English Garden with lots of Bluebells and Baby’s Breath. You know how straight women are when it comes to a “garden.” They think it is all about decoration and Martha. Now, those Girl Girls will put you in some cactus and chard and cabbage. They know how to get you some visual candy and something to put in a salad.

    • 29 May 2012, 3:55 pm Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.

      The straight women are stylish, expert rain garden ringers! You’ll have to meet them when you make a pilgrimage from Hotlanta…you guys still praying for water and now dreaming of my garden? XO!