THE URBAN RAIN GARDEN
The Urban Rain Garden, People’s Choice Awards winner in the category for Best Conceptual and Garden for a Changing World, was designed by Rhiannon Williams. It showcased the front and back garden of a typical terraced urban house. Rhiannon reflected the elements most of us look for in our gardens; space for plants, parking, a place to eat and a relaxed seating area in her interactive design, enabling visitors to walk through the middle of the garden and view it from all sides. The garden seamlessly and beautifully channelled rainwater, within both gardens, using a series of carefully created features. Harnessing and re-using water is becoming more important as the UK faces periods of drought alongside extremely wet conditions or flash floods. The Urban Rain Garden gave gardeners practical methods to address these concerns wrapped up in a design that has clean lines and is easy to maintain.
Photos by Marianne Majerus.