Public and private rain gardens going in from Maryland to Indiana to Oklahoma

stevenashattuck | October 12, 2010 | The Irvington Green Initiative (an Irvington Development Organization initiative) in partnership with the Irvington Garden Club and Irvington Community School and in cooperation with Indy Parks is launching the Teaching Rain Garden project through the generous assistance of a GINI Image Grant and LISC Technical Assistance dollars.

The goal of Teaching Rain Garden project is to provide opportunities for the students of Irvington Community School and their families and users of the Pennsy Trail, through curriculum, observation and hands-on construction and maintenance, to experience natural storm water mitigation through the proper assemblage of native flora and the fauna it attracts.

zoralathan | October 19, 2010 | In the spring of 2010, the Leggetts, neighbors and friends installed a rain garden at the home of Vince and Dena Leggett in the community of Arundel On The Bay in Anne Arundel County.
TheNewsOn6 | October 20, 2010 | Volunteers Building Rain Garden In Broken Arrow
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Local government web sites increasingly advocate for ecological landscaping with native plants

quarryjoy | September 7, 2010  | All U.S. state governments now offer advisories promoting ecological landscaping with native plants, and cities are following suit. At this time, Franklin, Wis., is examining its official policy on the subject. This program has been prepared in an effort to put this topic in perspective.
You are welcome to share it with your local officials. ~ Joy B.
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Invite butterflies to your landscape with wetland plants

rexallanjones — May 18, 2010 — Dr. Jeanne Jones shows you a some native plants that are ideal for landscaping around your yard’s water feature.

To view this video at best resolution, switch up the 360p default to760p HD.

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News quote of the day: lawns losing favor

From The L.A. Times:

Lawns, the very soul of traditional suburban life, are getting squeezed out by rain gardens, expanded displays of shrubs and native plants, and pools, patios and decks.


They are also shrinking because of the economy — home builders are cutting the size of lots to make homes more affordable.


Read more here.

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Concepts of eco-machine pioneer John Todd highlighted by ELA

Jennifer Chesworth and the Ecological Landscaping Association have provided a handy synopsis and enlightening set of photos describing constructed environs that purify water utilizing natural systems. Visit the ELA article here, visit John Todd Ecological Design here, and reference HW’s water section here.

De twee ringen by Jean-Luc Toilet.

A “living machine” water filtration system at The Netherlands Emmen Zoo. flickr/Jean-Luc Toilet

Plant selections for bioswales and rain gardens

Bioswale. flickr/Thomas Le Ngo

HTML pages:
10,000 Rain Gardens
Bluestem Services

Downloadable PDF booklets:
Rain Gardens Technical Guide from the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Selecting Native Plant Materials for Restoration Projects, a Oregon State University Extension publication.
Rain Gardens, a how-to manual for homeowners, a University of Wisconsin Extension publication.

See also: Homemade Wilderness reference page Rain Gardens and Shorelines.

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