Creative Downspout Gardens

Creative Downspout Gardens

Sarah Rae Smith
May 19, 2009

There's nothing more appealing to us than functional design. We ran across these downspout gardens in Seattle that had us wishing we had the ability to transform the side of our own living space! Not only does the downspout collect rainfall, it also sends that water directly to attached plants. See what it connects to after the jump....

Environmental Artist, Buster Simpson has been hard at work in his creations that are part of the Growing Vine Street Project.

The garden adjoins a water reclamation project, designed to one day take over the eight-block stretch of Vine Street from Denny Way to Elliott Avenue, and transform it into a watershed and urban green space for the dense high-rise population surrounding it. Water is directed from the roof via the downspouts (featured above) and then through the extended index finger of the outstretched hand (6'x10' tank) and eventually making it's way down Vine Street to the Cistern steps.

We'd love to see something like this implemented in other places around the country as the need to make as many spaces in our daily lives "green" continues!

(Images: Buster Simpson for the Seattle Times)

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