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: