Greenlab's stormwater garden module workshop was a big success! Twelve green infrastructure enthusiasts joined us to construct their own garden modules at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy's Salt Lot. Thanks to all who participated! And stay tuned for the next workshop this summer!
In conjunction with the exhibition Combined Overflow on view now at Proteus Gowanus, Greenlab Studio is hosting a build-it-yourself workshop at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Salt Lot on Saturday, May 31 from 12 PM - 3 PM where participants will learn how to construct a square foot stormwater garden module. Come out and learn how to build these gardens and return home with a module of your own!
As featured in the April 2014 issue of Dwell Magazine, these stormwater garden modules can be installed on any outdoor vertical surface such as a fence, a brick wall, or even a fire escape. In addition to providing valuable green space in any urban environment, they help capture rainwater before it enters our frequently overburdened stormwater system.
$50 registration fee, $40 for GCC members. All tools and materials are provided.
Square Foot Stormwater Garden Modules
Originally designed to cover the chain link fence at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Salt Lot, the Square Foot Stormwater Gardens are a modular green infrastructure solution for reducing combined overflow in the Gowanus Canal. The modules can hang vertically or rest horizontally, and can tolerate full sun or part shade. The frames are made from locally available materials and planted with home-made planting medium and sedum. These modules must live outside in order to perform their role as stormwater sponge.
Build-It Garden Module Workshop
Catch rainwater before it enters our stormwater system!
Greenlab Studio will hold a build-it-yourself workshop in Brooklyn at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Salt Lot on Second Avenue near Fifth St in Gowanus. Stay tuned for details!
Dwell Magazine invited Greenlab to design a 10 square foot garden for their annual outdoor issue. Our solution was the Urban Survivor Garden.
A typical urban garden is usually small in size and enclosed by walls or fences. Planting vertically is a smart way to activate a blank wall and maximize green area in a small space. This modular vertical garden is designed to tolerate urban stress. The garden "unit" is a square foot module that can be stacked and configured to fill any size space you desire!
The module is a simple frame made of wood, stainless steel and wire mesh to contain the planting medium. Sedum, prickly pear cactus and yucca provide year round interest and have colorful blooms that compliment the industrial look of the wood and steel frame.
Stay tuned for Spring! We will be installing vertical garden modules in collaboration with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy in Brooklyn!
Greenlab installed a demonstration green roof on the Storage Container at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Salt Lot in the fall of 2011. We wanted to update on the progress since it is now the second season and very active! The roof is not irrigated but the bed is designed to hold water and slow release through the gabion - wood edge. The grasses and forbes did not survive through the first season, but the sedum are absolutely thriving! The sedum roof and honeybee hives at the Salt Lot are mutually benefiting each other - we love the fact that the green roof + gowanus compost + gowanus bee hives are making a complete cycle!
This weekend Greenlab led a green wall workshop with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy! I collaborated with Alexandria Donati on the design and planning of the gabion modules that are now adorning the chain link fence at the Salt Lot at the end of Second Avenue near the Gowanus Canal. With the help of 15+ volunteers we built and installed 30 modules! The modules are made from a wood, mesh and aluminum frame planted with sedum propagated from our green roof. The day was a huge success - now we need another June rain!
We have a space at the Saturday Fort Greene Flea for our tillandsia gardens! We are creating air plantscapes on reclaimed cedar fence pickets - just as they grow in their natural habitat.
As long as we still have cedar we are in production - stop by and pick yours while our cedar supply lasts!
While on hiatus in Colorado, I was making hand made green wall modules from reclaimed cedar fence panels that were salvaged from my neighbor Pete's yard - they are great as single panels or can hang in a grid as shown. Manual irrigation required!