Sunday, December 11, 2011

2011 Chicago Mayor's Landscaping Award

On December 3, 2011, Carmen Vidal Hallett received the 3rd place 2011 Chicago Mayor's Landscaping Award for Specialized Gardens. EcoVidalDesign rain garden was originally constructed in 2007 with the support of the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT). The planting materials (10 species and100 perennial plants) costed only $1 each with the support of CCGT and have multiplied over the last 3 years allowing for the sharing of plants with neighboring gardens. The rain garden collects 90% of the roof rain water.

In 2011, with an already mature fully grown garden, Carmen Vidal-Hallett, EcoVidalDesign President decided to go one step ahead and create an 100% permeable path recycling the existing concrete floor and installing it again in an organic wavy pattern. Andy's Patio contractor carefully broke the existing concrete sidewalk and reused 100% of it avoiding any possible landfill debris. The result was beautiful and very successful. The garden became an example for the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project and absorbs 90% of the roof rain water and 100% the site stormwater. In addition the garden includes a vegetable raised bed, also created with recycled concrete, a composting station and a pond that attracts many birds, dragon flies and butter flies. The entire garden is a nature habitat heaven!

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