UW Student Reports on Stormwater Planting at CUH

September 14th, 2011 by Jennifer Youngman, Communications Specialist

Rain garden at CUH

Proud students admiring their hard work planting up the rain garden.

The Arboretum has its bog garden. The Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) has its rain garden. A new rain garden is part of a larger project designed by Berger Partnership to direct rainwater from the roofs of Merrill and Isaacson Halls to the existing roof garden, an as-yet undeveloped hillside garden, and collection bins (rain gardens). When funding is found to complete the project, the CUH will present a completely integrated water system which collects rain, delivers it to the gardens, and drains to Lake Washington.

Lisa Haglund, a recent graduate with a degree Community, Environment, and Planning  in the UW College of Built Environments, created the planting plan for the rain garden with guidance from the UW Botanic Gardens’ Dr. Kern Ewing, David Zuckerman and Barbara Selemon. In May, students from Maggie Rose’s Ingraham High School science classes prepared the site with Haglund and Patrick Mulligan, after Selemon arranged for Haglund to give a presentation on stormwater at their school. Ingraham currently has no available site for rain garden construction, so the Ingraham students’ trip to the CUH was funded through GROW, a program designed to engage high school students with the UW Botanic Gardens.

Lisa describes her experience working with high school students:

From the first field trip to the last, I saw an awakening interest in plants, planting, maintenance techniques, and natural systems take root in many of these young people. Through experiential learning students gained knowledge of how plants and soils act to capture and filter out the contaminants in runoff, the value of freshwater and freshwater ecosystems, and how each of them can make a difference by implementing Low Impact Development  projects at their homes and schools.

Lisa’s complete LHaglund_Stormwater_GROWProgram with photos. Visit Lisa on LinkedIn.

 

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One Response to “UW Student Reports on Stormwater Planting at CUH”

  1. David Hymel says:

    This Old House magazine staff and Rain Dog Designs over the past year have put a lot of effort into detailing elements of clustered rain garden projects along 8th Ave NW and 18th St SW in Puyallup, WA.  What is fascinating about TOH is that with their September edition they are among the first traditional home improvement magazines to provide this extensive of rain garden coverage and relate the home landscaping as a stormwater management tool.  There are more than 70 web pages dedicated to the online presentation, and a September hard copy is in newsstands now.  We hope you will use this and Rain Dog Designs as rain garden resources.

    Plans and plants for rain gardens:
     
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20518925,00.html
     
    How to build a rain garden:
     
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/overview/0,,20517496,00.html