Woodland Garden and Aquaduct

In the Woodland Garden, natural elements are design tools used to provide beauty and function. Recycled stormwater and a palette of native plants create a moist, woodsy setting while providing sustainability for this small Philadelphia property. A copper gutter, recessed into a wood arbor, carries stormwater from the roof to a raised masonry basin, where the water falls with a splash. When it’s not raining, a recirculating pump keeps the water flowing. In large storms, overflow is directed into a percolation trench to irrigate plants and recharge groundwater. The dry-laid brick terrace also infiltrates stormwater. Native plants, suited to the climate, soils and hydrology, are utilized to augment this sustainable approach. This garden is used to conserve rainwater and provides a tranquil space for relaxation.