PINE HILL ROAD

The directive for this project was to create a rain garden that would capture runoff from a newly installed driveway. The design took its inspiration from the crisscrossing flows of water in a river. The said water flows translated into three-dimensional physical zones in the landscape that would contain plants whose water needs correspondeded to how much water each zone would receive during a rainstorm. Horizontal elements were added to break up the curves and to help create discrete planting zones. The overall structure of the landscape can be perceived in early spring, when the plants are cut back to the ground. Gradually, as the plants grow throughout the summer months, the structure's edges become slightly obscured only to be eclipsed by the forms of the plants. To see before / after photos of the Pine Hill Road landscape, click here.

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Rustic but modern rain garden design for a landscape in Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rustic but modern rain garden design for a landscape in Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnesota. View from within landscape towards street. The purple-flowering plant is liatris ligulistylis, which attracts monarch butterflies.
Juncus effusus in the rain garden, Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnesota Sorghastrum nutans / Indian Grass, Echinacea purpurea / purple coneflower, and Asclepias incarnata / swamp milkweed, in a rain garden in Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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