CRJA’s team for projects at the University of Rhode Island designed and oversaw the construction of this rain garden at the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS). Since it was constructed, admirers have commented on its success not only as a successful sustainable design feature, but as a commanding visual presence. Here, a look at the rain garden through the seasons:
1. The stone and steel within the rain garden provide visual interest while the landscape hibernates for winter.
2. Multi-colored astilbes steal the show in springtime, blooming and signaling the awakening of rain garden plantings.
3. Birds and butterflies arrive in numbers while the foliage of the perennials and ornamental grasses peaks in summer.
4. Bronze tones of the astilbes create eye-catching contrast with the golden hues of the ornamental grasses in fall.
by Lisa Esterrich (all text and photos)