Paperback: 143 pages
Publisher: Eno Publishers; 1St Edition edition (April 30, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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I thought this book was really well done, except for two issues. I was shocked to see that the authors have some exotic invasive plants in their plant list (barberry, spirea, vinca, mahonia, nandina, yellow flag iris, miscanthus and butterfly bush.) My first reaction was maybe those plants are invasive in Tennessee where I live but not across the south, but apparently they are. So, in my opinion the title of the book "Ecologically Designed Gardens" is really a misnomer. There are lots of wonderful resources on the web about exotic invasive plants. I also suggest the book "Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)" by C. Colston Burrell. If you are a skeptic about the threat of exotic invasive plants, I suggest you talk to the naturalists at your local park to hear first hand how exotic invasive plants are destroying native plant communities in our natural areas. The threat is very real and gardeners need to be responsible when they choose plants.The other issue is that the authors use a "constant" to calculate the size of the rain garden, which does not make sense to me and results in a rain garden that's much too small. Based on my research, the authors of "The Blue Thumb Guide to Rain Gardens" use an approach that makes a lot more sense. They suggest you do a simple infiltration test to see how deep your rain garden should be to allow the rain water to infiltrate within 24 hours. Then you do some simple math to calculate the surface area that will drain into the rain garden and the size necessary to capture that rain. For example, assume you were planning to have a 6 inch deep rain garden and you have 600 square feet of roof.
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