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Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape: Sustainable Rainwater Management for the Garden and Designed Landscape [Hardcover]

Nigel Dunnett , Andy Clayden
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15 May 2007
Rain gardens encompass all possible elements that can be used to capture, channel, divert and make the most of the rain and snow that fall on a property. Using the innovative and attractive approaches described here, it is possible to enhance outdoor spaces and minimize the damaging effects of drought, stormwater runoff, and other environmental challenges. Nigel Dunnett & Andy Clayden have created a comprehensive guide to water management techniques for the garden and built environment. Filled with practical, manageable solutions for small and large-scale implementations and utilizing authoritative research with state-of-the-art case studies from all over the world, Rain Gardens is the first book on sustainable water management schemes suitable for students and professionals.

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  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928266
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 20.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this unique and essential resource, Dunnett and Clayden expertly and comprehensively explain the various methods of creating rain gardening systems in clear, precise, and enthusiastic language ... and draw on inspiring case histories of successful rain garden projects throughout the United States and Europe. -- Carl Haggas Booklist 20070301 The ideas presented aren't naively idealistic, as the authors provide case studies from around the world and sketches and photos that illustrate how to make a rain garden a reality. -- Jessica Damiano Newsday 20070614 Great ideas for saving and utilizing this most precious resource - water. -- Virginia Hayes Santa Barbara Independent 20070705 A comprehensive guide to designing and implementing practical, manageable solutions for small and large-scale rain gardens at home and in the public landscape. O'Mama Report 20070705 A good read ... and an informative one as well. -- Fran Sorin CBS Radio Network 20070709 All gardeners can learn from this book, but if you have property, steep, or having drainage issues, this book should be required summer reading. -- Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20070720 What we need, clearly, is a style of gardening that can cope with periods of hot and dry, and cold and wet weather. It's a tall order, but [Rain Gardens] has come up with some pretty good answers. -- Elspeth Thompson Daily Telegraph (London) 20070717 This ground-breaking and important book explains the concept in simple, non-technical terms, and gives plenty of practical advice on how to go about making your garden better at absorbing rain in the way that natural environments do, and making it a more biodiverse and visually attractive place in the process. -- Noel Kingsbury Gardens Illustrated 20070801 Describes how to handle storm water in numerous ways that are practical and aesthetically pleasing. Nearly 200 color photographs and 40 line drawings leave little guesswork about how to create your own rain garden. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20070804 Dunnett and Clayden punctuate approachable text with a bevy of lovely photographs that capture the beauty and advantages of rain gardens. -- Ellison G. Weist Portland Tribune 20070814 An intelligent, urbane, visually compelling campaign for nothing less than the reformation of our built landscapes, all with a mind toward preservation and the natural flow of what may be our most critical resource: water. -- Felicia Parsons Northern Gardener 20070901 Has inspiring photographs, excellent diagrams, and a full plant list. It is solidly and passionately written and easily read by anyone who is inspired to use some of these strategies in the home environment. -- Cathie Draine Rapid City Journal 20070925 More readable than the somewhat clunky title suggests. It's also the first comprehensive guide to water management for home gardeners. Here are practical solutions to rainwater runoff, from green-roofed garden sheds to swales and ponds. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20071009 If you need to install a rain garden, rejoice. The elegant, functional, and beautifully designed gardens in Rain Gardens ... will be an invaluable resource for those with soggy soil. -- Ann Lovejoy Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20071011 Despite the monsoon conditions in Ireland and the U.K., I found myself enjoying the rain when I read this book, imagining all the delightful ways in which design can be used to play with rainfall. -- Erik van Lennep Cultivate.ie 20070901 Present[s] plausible methods to capture, channel, divert, and take advantage of the precipitation that falls in our yards. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20071101 [An] incredibly useful reference to peruse in order to summon up ideas for the redirection of not only our rain water, but our thoughts on what should be done with it. -- Jean Starr Northwest Indiana Times 20071108 Informs gardeners about the many types of rain gardens that are being developed for home as well as public use. ... Easy to use with lots of photographs and illustrations. -- Carol Wiese Chicago Sun-Times 20071102 Well-illustrated with color photographs and plans, this volume surveys the many creative and effective solutions ... of capturing and using rainwater as part of a building's design. ... Among those who will find the ideas of interest are landscape architects, architects, gardeners, and residential homeowners. Book News 20071101 Makes fascinating reading for gardeners, builders and environmentalists alike ... extremely thought-provoking and throws up plenty of new ideas ... well researched and full of pictures bringing new concepts of rainwater gardens vividly to life. A brilliant book. -- Angela Youngman MonstersAndCritics.com 20071214 An outstanding book ... plenty of photos and diagrams, many ideas for water management, and detailed plant lists. Garden Solutions 20080201 I love this book! ... Kudos to Nigel and Andy for creating such a detailed and comprehensive guide. ... The personal observations of the writers' experience as designers themselves and fathers of young children regarding the importance of designing secure but fun interactive water design is refreshing. -- Linda S. Velazquez GreenRoofs.com 20080129 An exciting and motivating book. ... These are simple ideas and strategies. Most can be done by a homeowner at minimal expense. -- Cathie Draine Napa Valley Register 20080119 Every bit as appealing as its title, Rain Gardens tells us what to do as we find ourselves in a built environment where much of the earth is paved over and our supply of cheap water is diminishing. An educational, practical, timely, and inspiring book. -- Katherine Cook Pacific Horticulture 20080701 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. -- Francie Berg Oregonian 20090405

About the Author

Nigel Dunnett is a senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield where he has developed innovative research programmes into naturalistic and ecologically-informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He writes regularly for leading horticultural magazines and journals and lectures widely throughout the U.K. He lives in Sheffield. Andy Clayden is a landscape architect, garden designer, and lecturer in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, England. He lectures in design, landscape construction, and design detailing. His work as a designer and researcher focuses on the application of new technologies and approaches to the creation of sustainable design solutions. He lives in Sheffield with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Respect rainwater - it's a powerful resource 7 Dec 2007
This authoritative and timely book clearly explains the features of a rain garden, providing well illustrated international examples. Following this year's record rainfall, this book should be read by planners, developers, architects, garden designers and anyone else interested in slowing the flow of rainwater into mains drainage and other water courses, using whatever outdoor space they have influence over. I predict lots of show gardens with rain garden features in 2008...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not really for allotment holders 4 Mar 2011
While the book is well presented. It didn't help me much. I was looking for a book to assist me with smaller water harvesting/ catchment projects as I have an allotment and a show box sized garden. While the book does cover some garden projects, it mainly deals with water gardens on a larger scale. A great book for those involved with planning of public spaces along with any landscape designers who may be working with really big areas. I found the book more of a 'what could be done' sort of book. While I was looking for more of a 'how to' book in regards to water harvesting and use. The information is well presented with photos and detailed diagrams of real life water gardens and their workings. But on a huge scale, not that handy for an allotment holder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on sustainable design! 18 Dec 2007
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.

Gang Chen, Author of "LEED AP Exam Guide" & "Planting Design Illustrated." LEED AP, AIA
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3.0 out of 5 stars good title 3 July 2012
By Rigs
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one should take time to read what they are buying, this is all about the concept of rain gardens and it would seem that it is on a bigger scale than my garden, as i don't own a city park land. It has a lot of info but it wasn't what i needed to inspire me to put more than a pond in my garden.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sacred rain water for the innovative gardener 29 Mar 2010
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I bought this book as I was looking for something on hanging wall gardens for my house. This is a more technical book on the use of design encompassing the art of capturing the best use of rain water. It is extremely interesting and no doubt many landscape gardeners will find this very useful. I found it fascinating and although it didn't quite fill what I was looking for I am not sorry I bought it.
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