water water fun with water

I love this garden.  Last I checked, the building was still for sale. (I think I have upgraded my phone six times since this video….  Please forgive the limitations of 2012 smartphones!)  

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 […]

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 […]

Raingardens!

Solving drainage problems, increasing groundwater recharge, eliminating run-off to sewers, and enhancing the curb appeal……! It is time to put in some raingardens!!! This garden was installed last fall in association with the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

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’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 […]

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.

Conveyance….

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.