N14 RainWise Garden Homes in Windermere

Site Description

Water Conservation, Materials Efficiency, Design Innovation, Storm Water Infiltration, Urban Farming

This site showcases two neighboring yards! Both are not only graced with beautiful plantings and other delightful landscape features, they are also helping to mitigate Seattle's stormwater overflow problem. Neighbors Lois Hancock and Cindy Hazard have both taken advantage of the City/County RainWise rebate program, and are managing the stormwater that lands on their property on site. Lois has a gorgeous rain garden, and Cindy has both a rain garden and a cistern. Her 205-gallon cistern stores water in the summer that she can use to care for her plantings. Cindy has edible garden elements throughout her yard - vegetables, tree fruits, and berries.

Lois learned about RainWise from her neighbor Cindy, whose company Trillium Design is now one of the RainWise-trained contractors. Cindy started by designing a rain garden for Lois through RainWise, and then later did a redesign of Lois' whole front yard to make it into a haven for bees, birds, and native plants, with a gorgeous outdoor "room."

At this outdoor-only site, you’ll get a full tour of the two RainWise rain gardens and cistern, as well as all the other landscape features. This site is sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities and King County's RainWise Program. RainWise project designs by Trillium Design; installations by Fasoldt Gardens.

Since 2010, over 1000 Seattle neighbors have gotten RainWise! They're helping Puget Sound while enjoying beautiful and functional landscaping and using stored rainwater for watering gardens - with an average of 80% of the cost paid for by the RainWise program.

Why the big rebates? RainWise property owners are managing the rain that falls on their roofs at home - rather than contributing to the storm water runoff problem and combined storm/sewer overflows that are polluting Puget Sound.

At this stop you'll have the opportunity to learn about the RainWise program, check your eligibility, get inspiration for your own RainWise installation, and chat with a RainWise contractor. RainWise rebate areas are continuing to expand throughout the City.