Green Thumb Sunday
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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