Oh yes we did. When our awesome music loving clients requested a David Bowie lightening bolt for their garden pathway, we made it happen. The pathway is made from two different colors of flagstone, with a gravel pathway leading along the edges of the property around the raingarden, and through the front gate.
The raingarden, which will be rebated through the Rainwise Program, was heavy and full after a huge amount of rain the previous day. We built the fence to create a dog run area, and decided to run an arborduct to conceal the raingarden duct work. This arborduct is one of our favorites, as it provides complete coverage for the pipes running from the house into the raingarden.
Through the gate we created a gravel dog run. It contains dog friendly plants including salmonberry, thimbleberry, and a strawberry tree. This makes the poop easy to clean up, and keeps the grassy area behind the house clean for the kids.
The raised beds were constructed out of cut alder logs. Logs are a sturdy and long lasting way to create a nice uniform visual in your garden, and a great place to sit while planting, weeding, or simply enjoying the space. The other areas, including the rockery in the front of the home, contain native plants that will create a pollinator habitat which will be friendly to the birds and the bees once the plants mature.
Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are spearheading a campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Seattle/Puget Sound Region by 2016!
Visit www.12000raingardens.org to register your rain garden today and be a part of the water pollution solution!
Rain gardens are a proven way to prevent flooding, reduce water pollution and beautify your yard. Every year, heavy rains lead to massive flooding across Seattle and Puget Sound, wiping out roads, flooding homes and waterways with sewage. Rain gardens are very affordable options for homeowners compared with traditional pipe and drain systems, and require minimal time or skill to maintain each year. When planted with native plant species, the gardens attract birds, bees, and butterflies.
And, new education and incentive programs through Seattle RainWise Program help homeowners with rain garden installations at little to no cost. Contact us today to see if you qualify!
Stone Soup Gardens is happy to announce our recent relocation! It is an exciting transition for us, and one that will bring a host of new opportunities. Living in the Central District was a great start for our business, but we have moved south to Columbia City in order to expand as our business grows. We now have a proper office, an organized tool shed, a much bigger chicken coop for our ladies, and a big yard to develop!
First, before we even moved in, we laid the foundation for our new tool shed, outdoor storage, and plant staging area.
Gradually we moved into the basement and prepped our new office and indoor tool storage area. I can't tell you how exciting it is to have a space and a place for everything.
We built a lovely new coop and run for our little ladies in the front yard. It has great access, shelter from the trees, views of the sidewalk, and a lot more room.
We look forward to many happy years at our new location. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming workshops, classes, and photos as we continue to develop and change our new yard into an urban retreat.
As a service to our wonderful clients, we sometimes do crazy things like throw a lawn party where we actually dig up the lawn and plant native plants! Recently, we had that opportunity with our client Mary Beth in Ballard.
To start the day, Bob Redmond of the Urban Bee Company gave a riveting talk on the important of pollinator habitats, complete with a honey tasting from some of his local bees.
Once the tasting was complete, we headed outside and started pulling up sod! We removed the rest of the sod bordering the rain garden towards the sidewalk in order to plant more native species to further accent the rain garden.
Between the sidewalk and the street we installed a small raised bed full of native and ornamental pollinators, as well as flowers for all seasons which will be a colorful addition to the area, rather than just grass.
Previously we had installed raised beds in the front yard that are full of a wonderful assortment of vegetables. By extending out to the sidewalk we were able to create more planting space which will mature into a lovely scent filled yard for the birthday girl, as well as a great habitat for bees for many years to come.
It was a wonderful party, and we were able to complete it in no time with the additional help of family and friends! Interested in a garden party of your own? Contact Stone Soup Gardens today!
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