Creating Rain Gardens

Creating Rain Gardens

Capturing Rain for your Own Water-efficient Garden

Book - 2012
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Workman Press.

Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars watering their yard, but there is an easy way to save money and resources—rain gardening. But what is it? As simple as collecting rain to reuse in front and backyards.

Creating Rain Gardens is a comprehensive book for the DIY-er, covering everything from rain barrels to simple living roofs, permeable patios, and other low-tech affordable ways to save water in the garden.

Water conservation experts Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher walk homeowners through the process, with step-by-step instructions for designing and building swales, French drains, rain gardens, and ephemeral ponds—the building blocks of rain-catching gardens. From soil preparation, planting, troubleshooting, and maintenance, to selecting palettes of water-loving plants that provide four-season interest and a habitat for wildlife, Creating Rain Gardens covers everything a gardener needs to create a beautiful rain garden at home.

Baker & Taylor
Explains how to design a landscape to capture and use rain and runoff for watering a garden naturally.

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Even urbanites can tap into natural water sources to create lovely gardens that help prevent water pollution. Based on field tests and workshops they presented in Oakland, CA, Woelfle-Erskine, a hydrologist, pairs with ecological designer/LEED professional Uncapher to explain the water cycle, and the rationale and methods for planting rain gardens. The guide includes case studies, project ideas and worksheets, illustrations, and a resource list. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781604692402
Characteristics: 203 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Uncapher, Apryl


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