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.
Category Archives: raingarden
CNT’s Garden Party
Here are some pictures from the party. Also, check out the videos!
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 ChannelContinue reading “CNT-West Garden…. ready for plants”
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-West, in progress….
The Garden at CNT-West is coming along nicely. Greencorps is doing some really nice work! There is a bit more info about the garden here.
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 picturesContinue reading “CNT’s New Raingarden Education Facility at CNT- West”
RAIN!!! —–> raingarden
Raingardens and Right-of-Way stormwater gardens slow and hold stormwater so that it has a chance to percolate into the soil. If the water is slowed and held, and if the soil is permeable and planted with the right plants, this valuable water can recharge our groundwater. 6.91 inches last night at O’Hare….. Water is a resource.
Getting the water from the downspout to the raingarden will require a lined runnel. Seems like an old piece of steel culvert sliced lengthwise will do the trick here.
The challenge to incorporating raingardens into spaces is often getting the water to the location you are able to have infiltration. This is concept sketch showing the basic configuration of the garden. Ahead of us is refining the design of the rainwater conveyance system. More to follow as the design moves along…
Green Infrastructure! ….in progress
I have a project underway. I was able to admire my green infrastructure during last night’s rain. What a thing of beauty – the water travels out the downspout and to the raingarden area. In spite of the shady location and very gluey black clay, the water infiltrates quite quickly – thank you honeylocust tree!Continue reading “Green Infrastructure! ….in progress”