If it wasn’t evident before, Katrina made it clear that New Orleans is all about water. Because the city is below sea level, even simple rain showers strain the city’s storm sewer system. Every drop of water homeowners can absorb on their property helps the whole city. In the garden, rainwater from the pavilion roof channels into a gutter and then drips fountain-like into a catch basin. From there, it’s cleansed as it percolates through sandy beds of native water plants before flowing into a holding pool for the plants in the living wall. (via Grow a Living Wall)

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