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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 – 15 May 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928266
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. "

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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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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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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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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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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A fascinating book and interestingly written - highly recommended. A great addition to the debate about sustainability and climate change.
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