Creating Rain Gardens (Paperback)

Capturing the Rain for Your Own Water-Efficient Garden

By Apryl Uncapher, Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

Timber Press, 9781604692402, 208pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2012

List Price: 24.95*
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Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars watering their yard, but there is an easy way to save money and resources—rain gardening. But what is it? As simple as collecting rain to reuse in front and backyards.

Creating Rain Gardens is a comprehensive book for the DIY-er, covering everything from rain barrels to simple living roofs, permeable patios, and other low-tech affordable ways to save water in the garden.

Water conservation experts Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher walk homeowners through the process, with step-by-step instructions for designing and building swales, French drains, rain gardens, and ephemeral ponds—the building blocks of rain-catching gardens. From soil preparation, planting, troubleshooting, and maintenance, to selecting palettes of water-loving plants that provide four-season interest and a habitat for wildlife, Creating Rain Gardens covers everything a gardener needs to create a beautiful rain garden at home.

About the Author

Apryl Uncapher is an ecological designer dedicated to rainwater harvesting modeled on nature's examples. Co-author of the San Francisco Rainwater Harvesting Guide, Apryl has consulted on a variety of integrative stormwater management and water recycling projects for more than a decade. With a degree in innovative design engineering from Purdue University and accredited as a LEED professional, Apryl continually sources opportunities to participate in water projects that inspire a sustainable water consciousness. Apryl currently resides in San Francisco where she is passionately preserving water resources with two little girls splashing and dreaming by her side.

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine is a hydrologist, educator, and scholar of water. He co-founded the Greywater Guerrillas, and has led dozens of community-based workshops on rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse. His writing has appeared in outlets like High Country News, Yes, Urban Wilds, Dam Nation, and Sustainable Water. An avid gardener, Woelfle-Erskine is also a teacher of equity and environmental justice at the University of Washington.

Praise For Creating Rain Gardens: Capturing the Rain for Your Own Water-Efficient Garden

“The book is a beautifully-written practical guide to planning and creating your own rain garden.” —Green Upgrader

“This is a hard-working book. It’s full of plans, diagrams, checklists, case studies, and solid, practical advice.” —Garden Green Angels Blog