Return Rain to the Aquifer Beneath Us

Jan 4, 2016

Storm_DrainLandscape architect Orchid Black wants to “return rain to the aquifer beneath us!”

On January 9, Black will offer ways to retain water on-site and filter it back into the soil and aquifer. With three days of rain predicted and hopefully more to come, this may be just the time to learn these techniques.

Orchid Black started Pitcher Sage Design, in 2003, after an apprenticeship with another native plant designer. Orchid has co-designed, with Steve Hernandez of Nativescape, several areas of Washington Park in Pasadena, originally designed by Theodore Payne and Ralph Cornell. She has worked with the Friends of Washington Park, the City of Pasadena, and the Theodore Payne Foundation to install and maintain natives in the park, which won an ASLA award for best park restoration in 2007. She has designed a California native demonstration garden for the City of Glendale which was installed in 2007. She has had two gardens featured on the Theodore Payne Foundation Garden Tour (2007 and 2008) as well as a garden on the House and Garden Tour of Sunland. She is a board member in the San Gabriel Mountains CNPS, and lectures about native plants throughout Southern California.
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“Returning Rain to the Aquifer Beneath Us!”
Saturday, Jan. 9th, noon-1 p.m.
Pasadena Public Library, Hill Ave. Branch
55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena
Free event
For more info, visit







Photo, top right, storm drain by Robert Lawton (Robert Lawton) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, web of raindrops, by Audrey from Central Pennsylvania, USA (A Web Of Raindrops) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.





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