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First, it is important to understand how the rainwater cycle works: what happens to rain after it falls on our buildings, streets, parks, and gardens? One of the effects of the built environment is that rainwater is drawn off into drains and reservoirs instead of flowing back into the environment. Essentially, rain gardens endeavor to mimic the natural environment using various methods to capture rainwater and hold on to it for as long as possible. Even quite simple techniques are effective, such as rain chains that carry water from gutters into collections barrels, and diverting downpipes. The book goes on to explore more elaborate systems using case studies from all over the world that feature filtration banks, stormwater planters, green roofs, and bioretention schemes. Plant selection and planting plays an important role in rain gardens and a comprehensive directory provides lists of plants suitable for different purposes. This important book will enhance our gardens and public spaces and heighten awareness of the crucial role rainwater plays in our environment.
Posted February 20, 2008
As some of you may know, the LEED building rating system focuses on 6 key areas: Sustainable site development (SS), water savings/efficiency (WE), energy & atmosphere (EA), materials and resource (MR), indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and innovations & design process (ID). ¿Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape¿ is a very useful book on water savings/efficiency (WE). It described various ways of caturing, channeling, diverting and re-using water from rain and snow, including permeable paving, storm-water chains, bioretention ponds and green roofs. Rain gardens create great environment for wild life. They are visually pleasant, economical and sustainable. I live very close to several of the retention ponds of my local water district. They are fine examples of rain gardens, I always love to visit them and see the beautiful birds and plants in or near the retention ponds. Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden described many of the techniques that are used by my local water district. These techniques are unconventional and can be useful all over the world. They can effectively capture the storm water and let the water settle and clean itself through the natural process and save it for drought period, instead of using concrete-paved flood channel to rush the storm water to the ocean. ¿Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape¿ has 188 pages and many line drawings and beautiful interior color photos. It is a great book on sustainable design.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2007
What's wonderful about this book is that it gives us a look at what people and companies are doing in many places conserving and reusing water and designing spaces which encourage and inspire. I especially love the photos, like the one of the solar sculpture water pump.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2009
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