Beginning…. to …. well, almost the end………

We still need to add a tree, and divert the downspout to the rain garden, & also add a rain barrel. The hard work was done by Let’s Go Chicago’s participants!

The RIVERS Project… part of FRED Weekend

Riverside, Illinois is hosting FRED, in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted. The RIVERS Project is a collaboration with among Lupfer Landscaping, Dig Right In Landscaping, Semiramis Studio, and Aquascapes. We are offering to address residents’ flooding problems with installation work culminating in a green infrastructure extreme build and education event August 16-18! Contact the number […]

Ripe!

Red Raspberry season is here! Raspberries are nearly zero maintenance and pest-free. The fruit is rarely stolen by birds, squirrels, or other urban critters. I recommend planting yourself a patch. Confining them between a sidewalk and a garage or other barriers keeps them from spreading too much. Delicious!

Rain Garden – plants in!

The Rain Garden was installed last fall, and topped with pine fines mulch for the winter.  This spring, we refined the grading and removed most of the mulch for use in other areas. The soil at this site is extremely sandy, so standing water will be rare.  We installed native sedges in the lowest areas […]

CNT’s Rain Garden ……. Education Component…

This is the beginning of a larger effort to initiate educational programming at the CNT garden on Western Avenue.  Check it out! More videos here.

CNT-West Garden…. ready for plants

Getting Ready for Water……. The Raingarden Conveyance Channel  is being lined with river rocks.  The water from the roof will be piped to this lined channel, then will travel to the raingarden basin.  The conveyance channel is steeply pitched away from the building  to encourage the water to travel away from the building. The Channel […]

CNT-West Garden – almost ready for plants

Center for Neighborhood Technology’s new garden on Western Avenue is almost ready for plants. Most of the hardscape work is done. Some work is still required to get the pergola finished.  Plants should arrive this week and will be installed this weekend by Chicago Conservation Corps!

CNT’s New Raingarden Education Facility at CNT- West

Please check out the Studio’s exciting project at the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s website. In addition to the raingarden, the garden also showcases materials re-use and re-purpose. CNT was able to purchase used lumber from the ReBuilding Exchange for the pergola, tables, and benches. Construction is scheduled for the end of the month.  More pictures […]