Rain Gardens on the BC Sunshine Coast

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Rain Garden Resources for the Sunshine Coast ~   Local Library Books   ~

Here are some books on Rain Gardens available from local libraries. Most of these books take a 'How-To' approach to garden design, prep and upkeep.

Successful rain gardens require planning and a grasp of basic principles. It may sound complicated, but these authors explain the process step-by-step.

You can use the links below to access the catalogues of  local Libraries.  Then you can expand your search beyond the limited topics presented here.

Sunshine Coast :    Combined Sechelt/Gibsons Libraries Catalogue
West Vancouver :   West Vancouver Memorial Library Catalogue
North Vancouver :    North Vancouver City Library Catalogue
Vancouver (Central)Vancouver Public Library Catalogue

Rain Gardens  –  BC and Pacific Northwest

Rain Gardens For the Pacific Northwest:
Design and Build Your Own

by Zsofia Pasztor
Skipstone, Seattle, WA, 2017

- 635.95 PAS West Vancouver Memorial Library
- 635.95 P29d Vancouver Public Library (8 copies)

How to plan, design, install, and maintain healthy, beautiful rain gardens. Horticulturalist Zsofia Pasztor gives rain garden workshops and knows this region's challenging soils. Her well-illustrated, easy-to-use guide has a list of the best plants for local rain gardens and a very useful resource list.

Creating Rain Gardens: Capturing Rain for your Own Water-Efficient Garden

by Cleo Woelfle-Erskine
Timber Press, Portland, OR, 2012

- 635.95 W84c Vancouver Public Library (3 copies)

Step-by-step instructions for designing and building rain gardens, swales, and ephemeral ponds. Covers soil preparation, planting, and maintenance. How to select both water-loving and drought-tolerant plants to provide four-season interest and a wildlife habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies.

Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape

by Nigel Dunnett
Timber Press, Portland, OR, 2007

- 712.6 DUN West Vancouver Memorial Library
- 635.95 DUN North Vancouver City Library

In a clear and precise manner, Nigel Dunnet covers the rain gardening techniques of capturing and re-using otherwise wasted runoff water within landscapes.  Includes inspiring case studies of rain gardens in Oregon and other parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Rain Gardens  –  Other Regions

Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for A Beautiful Yard and A Healthy World

by Lynn M. Steiner
Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2012

- 635.95 STE West Vancouver Memorial Library
- 635.95 S82r Vancouver Public Library (2 copies)

Based on hands-on experience, this volume offers specific advice about designing, digging, planting, and maintaining your rain garden. Grasp how to calculate runoff rates. Learn the right way to install rain barrels. Find out which plants attract wildlife.

Also: Rainwater Harvesting,  BC Gardening &  Sustainable Gardening

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