Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The maintenance of the garden will be managed by the Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget's (DTMB) maintenance department. The goal was to eliminate extra maintenance training on invasive and native plants with the notion that weeds would be more easily recognized for removal in a structured looking garden. Post construction evaluation and monitoring by LDS over the last two years has confirmed the planting approach was best suited for this garden as the plants have filled in and flushed out nicely. However, ongoing invasive species issues are of concern for the long-term integrity of the rain garden. Specifically, a site visit in the summer of 2016 revealed a few Phragmites australis beginning to colonize the garden. The DTMB Maintenance Department has been notified and will hopefully be able to eradicate the few invasive plants before they spread further. Educational Opportunities The rain garden's location at the museum and library also functions as a drop-off point for public tour buses and school buses. This location, and the high exposure to visitors, reinforced the opportunity to develop a comprehensive system of LID and GI strategies to promote and educate the public on the value of sustainable design. Autumn Fire Sedum Dark Towers Beard Tongue Gerald Darby Blue Flag Iris Kobold Blazing Star Lipstick Ornamental Strawberry Above: The bioswale is a drainage course flanked on both sides by gentle slopes. It is designed to maximize the time water spends in the swale to trap pollutants and silt.

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