A new interpretive panel is being installed in the parking garden to greet visitors as they arrive. These signs provide an educational opportunity to share the bioswales’ function as integrated systems that work to trap and clean water runoff from the parking lot.
A swale is a shallow depression in the landscape, often man-made to assist with directional drainage. Bioswales are the best of both worlds – they create a depression to contain, slow and recycle rainwater onto the grounds at Heritage – but they also serve as garden beds. The plant communities in a bioswale help to filter contaminants out of the rainwater and slow its velocity for better absorption. The bioswale interpretive panel for this garden is designed to both inform using visual detail as well as educate on both its benefits and function.
To learn more about this project please view this short video.