Stormwater left to run down streets, driveways and other hard surfaces can carry debris and chemicals into local sewer systems. By using rain barrels, residents can save stormwater and use it to water their gardens, helping the environment and saving money at the same time.
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Masses of tall, charming coneflowers and low, dainty larkspur blooms fill Sue Borton’s Collinwood front yard like a sea of vibrant, purple hues, with a teak dragon statue nestled within it all. It took more than 25 years for Borton to transform her garden from a cluster of six flowers into the luscious, self-sufficient garden it is today. “I’ve just always loved plants,” she said. “The people that [garden] love it, and our street has a lot of it.”