This garden functions by treating the storm water in place, and preventing it from being expelled directly into the local waterways, thus reducing the effect of erosion of the stream's banks. Water is carried from the roof gutter through a series of pipes reminiscent of the watershed. Some of the pipes are clear to show the passage of rain water through the system into a graded swale filled with native plants. This swale slows the stormwater and allows it to infiltrate into the soil rather than running directly into storm sewers.
The art turns rainwater from being a problem into being an asset. The project conveys rainwater from the roof of the Science and Art wing of the building, sending it to a infiltration rain garden so the rain to slowly soak into the soil.
The rain water is carried from the roof gutter through a series of curving blue drainpipes, which reflect the local watershed. These watershed gutter pipes are highly visible from the road. This project graphically celebrates the connection of rainwater and watersheds— and makes a rain an event something to look forward to. Instead of being wasted the rain water is successfully utilized to turn an ordinary lawn into a garden.
The native plants in the garden were planted by all the students, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The space was once an ignored pocket of eroded lawn, but is now an area for watching blossoms and seed heads and studying the ecosystem of a native wet meadow. It has created native habitat for butterflies and other insects.
This project was a collaboration between the Philadelphia Water Department the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the art and science Departments at the Springside School in Philadelphia. With a combination of engineering, horticulture and art, this project creates a functioning system that is lyrical and visual. It solves a problem while creating a place to learn about rain and the issues of rainwater in the city.
A Rain Garden for Springside School
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