The Re/Max real estate office at 4th Avenue and Garfield Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn looked like this in May, 2013 before the installation of some sustainable urban greenscaping.
Here are some facts about the project:
The project was a cooperative effort by me and the Forth on Fourth Committee (FOFA) of the Park Slope Civic Council. The objective was to create a living demonstration of the benefits of sub-irrigated planters for other merchants and residents on 4th Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The input from the owner of Re/Max was short and simple: "You know what you're doing. Please don't block my windows." Next year there may be sub-irrigated window boxes on the upper stories and a roof-top garden. Stay tuned for a potential Brooklyn SIP showplace.
The plants are growing in adequately sized Fiskars Veranda planters purchased on Amazon. The simple DIY sub-irrigation reservoirs are recycled juice bottles. The simple, straightforward design was accomplished with Junipers and Petunias. There's nothing over the top in an attempt to be grandiose. Next year there might be flowering vines growing up the columns (maybe Clematis).
Re/Max office staff has cared for the plants since installation. There is no need for green thumbs or an outside maintenance service. All it takes is a soil probe, funnel and watering can.
These plants have held up beautifully through several stifling Brooklyn heat waves over the summer. They are a living tribute to the environmental benefits of sub-irrigated planters (SIPs).
Come to the workshop this coming Sunday and stop by the Re/Max office to see SIPs in action with your own eyes. Seeing is believing!
This is what it looked like right after the installation.