by Preston Montague Studio
The Raine Garden addresses stormwater management and erosion control on a newly developed lot blasted out of bedrock and with significant erosion problems. The client, eager to return the site to a higher ecological function, requested that the plantings be mostly native with some fruiting trees and shrubs. Little grading was possible on the site as slopes were at their maximum percentage, and activity areas would have to be carved into the slopes and stabilized with repurposed boulders from the neighborhood, as well as concrete from a demolished sidewalk. Erosion control fabric was installed on the slopes and a seed mix containing buckwheat and zinnia was added, as well as seed of over two dozen native species. Seed is collected from within a 30-mile radius. Additionally, native grasses and perennials, also from stock found within a 30mile radius, were plugged in to help hold seed from washing away during rain events.