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Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape Hardcover – Illustrated, April 1, 2007
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“Here you can learn how to capture rain and snowmelt runoff, how to disconnect your downspouts, create a green roof, bioretention ponds, storm-water chains and permeable paving.”
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Landscape architects, designers and accomplished amateurs with advanced skill sets looking to handle water both innovatively and creatively will delight in this book. I did ... but then I already have three rain gardens in my own landscape and teach how-to classes on installing them. If the concept of rain gardens intrigues you and you are looking for the basics on a DIY level, the free, downloadable rain garden manual from the University of Wisconsin is still the best source of that information, as of January 2008.
This book has a decidedly European flavor to it. And why shouldn't it? It is written by a couple of Brits. Although I am hard-pressed to see how some of the models given in the book will pass muster with the Americans with Disabilities Act, codes and other regulatory bodies, they should indeed stimulate the mind. The examples (of which there are many) also include public and even larger municipal installations. I find this a good thing for Americans to be exposed to. The Europeans are far ahead of us in green thinking. Included are some examples of essentially, municipal civil engineering projects both implemented and functioning with panache.
This is a book that I value having in my personal library. Someone looking for basic information may not.
Builders and designers will particularly benefit from these ideas that provide innovative "green" developments to an under-educated public. If more people and developments considered permeable paving and natural systems to reabsorb runoff, our environment would greatly benefit. If you are looking to design an environmentally-friendly building, absolutely consider these principles.
Rain Gardens provides a very thorough approach to this topic and really does deal with water systems in a large scale well. I picked it up as I am interested in finding a natural approach to deal with our yard drainage issues. These concepts are addressed, but other more hands-on, how-to books out there may be more applicable to that type of project. This book is most useful for a very thorough and understanding of the value and many aspects of developing a responsible water system.
Studied stormwater management in Berlin for several months visiting and using a few sites that were listed in the book in my study.
Highly recommended if you are interested in stormwater management on any level in my opinion though.
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Good reference book for both professionals in the horticulture field as well as just people who are interested in making a rain garden.Published 20 months ago by Amy Bledsoe
The book is too general for what I am need. I want information about engineering a functional small biorentention cell. Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Charva
This is a great book for introduction to varies methods in dealing with storm water management. As a landscape architecture student it was very useful in apply to my studio... Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by Nathan A. Frazee
A very informative book on an important topic. Pictures are used well to illustrate.Published on September 30, 2008 by Freyja