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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Green Thumb Sunday


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This is a rain barrel. And one of my all-time favorite features at Rutgers Gardens. The roof is conical shaped, funneling rainwater into a barrel located inside the structure. You can't see the barrel in this picture because of the vines. It's difficult to judge the size of the structure from this photo. It's slightly larger than a normal gazebo.

The problem here is that visitors to the gardens use the rain barrel as a trash barrel. Signs have been tried and ignored. A grate was placed over the top of the barrel. People merely pushed smaller trash through it. A solution has finally been reached. The entire structure was removed when electrical service was installed in the Sun and Shade Garden where it is located.

I'm glad I took this picture and have a momento of this unique garden building.



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11 Comments:

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous The County Clerk said...

I'm going to build one of these.

 
At 4:58 AM, Blogger Sigrun said...

Hi, it looks very lovely, would have it!

Sigrun

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Naturegirl said...

Very interesting structure ...sheesh..some people just don't have repect!

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shame they got rid of this structure. You would think that people visiting a garden would at least know what the rain barrel was for. Thanks for sharing it.

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

I have to admit that I didn't know what this was the first time I saw it. After it was explained to me, it seemed pretty obvious! It was just such a cool structure. You could actually walk around inside of it. I was heartbroken when I saw it was gone.

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

People are so stupid. What a shame. Lovely piece of funtional sculpture.

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

I'm adding one of these to my Christmas list!

 
At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Tricia said...

that's too bad that people were sticking garbage in the fresh rain water collection. How dumb some people are. It looks like it was a very interesting structure and a great idea.

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Sylvana said...

Did they ever try putting a garbage can near the structure so people could put their garbage there instead?

I guess it wouldn't matter. People are so stupid and rude.

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Sylvana, that's an excellent idea. To my knowledge, there is not a single garbage can anywhere in the gardens. Or public restrooms.

 
At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holiday Greetings to everyone...
Yes, it was very difficult seeing the Water saving kiosk go. But there are plans for a beautiful gazebo, courtesy of the NJ Garden Clubs, and a redesigned Sun & Shade garden, with most of the plants donated by Monrovia. This area will be a spectacular site for a garden wedding or a picnic for two...
And, we have an old building towards the back and have plans for some environmental composting bathrooms. We are just looking for some funds!!! (any ideas?!?) Here's to the New Year and new gardens and garden structures!
Wishing you all the best,
the Head Hatter

 

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