Rain Gardens

A Fluid Future for Sustainable Landscapes

10/17/20231 min read

Water has been the lifeblood of gardens for thousands of years, from the ancient irrigation channels that fed the first Middle Eastern Paradise Gardens to the lush, water-abundant Eden of Biblical texts. Throughout history, water elements like ponds and fountains made gardens havens for wildlife and human recreation.

Today, climate change reveals water as a finite, unpredictable force. As patterns shift, we can no longer control water supply and demand. Our new vision calls for rain gardens - planted depressions that collect and absorb runoff from hardscapes before it overwhelms storm drains.

Rain gardens allow 30% more water to soak into the ground compared to lawns. Plant roots and soils filter pollutants naturally. Beyond environmental benefits, rain gardens create vibrant floral displays and habitats for birds, butterflies, and pollinators.

While water was once seen as a boundless resource for ornamentation, rain gardens represent the fluid future of water-wise landscape design. As our climate changes, creating landscapes aligned with water's natural cycles is imperative. With proper siting, soil preparation, and plant selection, you can craft a rain garden that honours water's enduring legacy in landscape spaces.