Speaker Series Oct. 30: Gardening for Storm-water Management


Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00pm


Yestermorrow Design/Build School


7865 Main St, Waitsfield VT 05673

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Learn effective techniques to manage storm water at home or at a community scale. Rachel Grigorian, Landscape Architect and owner of Clark Brook Designs, will show examples of her local projects that are making a positive impact on water quality through plants. Take home some tips to make improvements to your own landscape!

Vermont has always been a wet state and water is impossible to avoid, especially when we’ve built into the sides of saturated mountain slopes and floodplains. It’s time for a radical change in the way we design our properties and they way we manage our rainfall and waterways. Stormwater management is highly important on both a residential and commercial level. A key feature to slowing, cleaning, and absorbing the stormwater runoff is the enhanced role of plants in the landscape and the overall landscape design. In this lecture, we’ll talk about the ways in which you as a homeowner, municipal worker, or business owner can work with, rather than against, the stormwater in your area and how your efforts will leave a lasting, positive impact on the ecosystems you are a part of.

Rachel lives in Granville, VT and founded Clark Brook Designs. She weaves the methods of permaculture into the firm's designs, and uses edible and medicinal planting schemes with sustainable design concepts to create relationships between the landowner and their land.