Rick's Rain Garden
We know a beautiful soul has walked the earth
because they leave us with beautiful memories.
When I read the above lines on the internet some time ago,
I thought of my brother-in-law Rick, who would have been 51 today,
the first day of Spring.
Rick taught us a lot about caring for other people
and about stewardship of the earth.
He loved nature and served on the Board
of the South Grand River Watershed Alliance (SGRWA) in Missouri.
One of the projects Rick helped to build was a rain garden.
Here's a description from the Missouri Botanical Gardens web page
about rain gardens:
A rain garden slows the flow of rainwater runoff by using elements
similar to those that occur in nature: plants, stone, shallow swales
and depressions that catch and hold rainwater.
And in a fitting tribute to Rick's memory, the SGRWA
is establishing a rain garden in Raymore, Missouri dedicated to Rick.
This rain garden photo is from http://www.eastpikeland.org
A rain garden sounds like a magical, peaceful place,
and its artful arrangement of native plants makes it beautiful.
The rain garden is both an aesthetic undertaking
and, as the Botanical Gardens description attests,
one that serves an important environmental purpose.
For example, the rain garden that Rick helped build
was designed to catch the run off from a parking lot.
Rain water from the parking area was cutting a trench across the lot below.
By planting a rain garden filled with deep-rooted native plants,
the water was held in place until it could leach slowly into the soil.
Rain garden photo is from www.mychamplain.net
I love the way a shallow of muck like this:
photo edited from one on http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/raingarden/Building.htm
turns into a rain garden like this:
Rain garden photo from www.apwa.org
It just takes a vision of what can be when we work together--
something that Rick understood better than most of us.
Happy Birthday to one of the finest men I knew.
If you would like to contribute to Rick Lincoln's Rain Garden,
10807 E 205 Street
Peculiar, MO 64078