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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692402
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a hard-working book. It's full of plans, diagrams, checklists, case studies, and solid, practical advice." (Candace Clavin Rein The Garden Green Angels Blog)

"The book is a beautifully-written practical guide to planning and creating your own rain garden."
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About the Author

Apryl Uncapher is an ecological designer dedicated to rainwater harvesting modeled on nature's examples. Co-author of the San Francisco Rainwater Harvesting Guide, Apryl has consulted on a variety of integrative stormwater management and water recycling projects for more than a decade. With a degree in innovative design engineering from Purdue University and accredited as a LEED professional, Apryl continually sources opportunities to participate in water projects that inspire a sustainable water consciousness. Apryl currently resides in San Francisco where she is passionately preserving water resources with two little girls splashing and dreaming by her side.



Cleo Woelfle-Erskine is a hydrologist, educator, and scholar of water. He co-founded the Greywater Guerrillas, and has led dozens of community-based workshops on rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse across North America. His writing on dam removal, environmental justice, and urban gardening has appeared in High Country News and Yes, among other magazines, and in the anthologies Urban Wilds and Dam Nation. An avid gardener, Cleo is also pursuing a PhD in the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley where he is investigating how rainwater harvesting affects streamflow.


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Cleo Woelfle-Erskine is a hydrologist, educator, and scholar of water.
He co-founded the Greywater Guerrillas, and has led dozens of
community-based workshops on rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse
across North America. His writing on dam removal, environmental justice,
and urban gardening has appeared in High Country News and Yes, among
other magazines, and in the anthologies Urban Wilds and Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.
An avid gardener, Cleo is also pursuing a PhD in the Energy and
Resources group at UC Berkeley where he is investigating how rainwater
harvesting affects streamflow.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul G on August 9, 2012
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This book provides a step by step introduction and creation of an unique solution to "run off problems". Of a great help to me!!
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What I enjoyed most about this book was its interactive structure. Not only are there step-by-step instructions, which helps those who are new to rain gardens like myself, but throughout each chapter are checklists that keep each project focused and accomplishable. On one page I even found math formulas set up for me so I could quickly input my own information without having to hit the books to calculate surface area!

Towards the end of the book, case studies from homes of little rain fall (10 inches/year) to more average rain fall (40 inches/year) give detailed pictures and layouts for what worked in their spaces, again including variation in sizes of rain gardens.

As I'm new to rain gardens and want detailed explanations of not only the hows of how-to make a rain garden, but also the whats, as in, what should go in the rain garden, I found this book extremely helpful.
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By Yan Zhou on December 25, 2012
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I can find the information I want to know.It's great!I love the book and want to creat my rian garden.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Townley on September 27, 2013
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The book mostly covered principles I already understand, such as water should flow away from the house. The plant lists were general and did not provide photos. Small type is challenging to read. The garden photos are all black and white, offering very little visual inspiration. Someone needing to plant a large swale will find technical info on analyzing drainage. Better to check out from a library than purchase.
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