Daylighting a stream

This is amazing.

I interviewed Devin Floyd for a newspaper article that’s soon to publish, and he spoke about his “local native” concept for designing gardens. (His words dovetailed with something that another plant person told me later that week, about tulip poplar trees being conceived as having as many as seven distinct subgroups, growing in different kinds of spots, recognized by people in the Appalachians who have lived deeply in tune with them. Perhaps no species is monolithic. Perhaps every individual plant, every identifiable spot on earth, is in the end its own entity; and also, perhaps everything is a variation on one enormous theme, a bass note, a field of possibility.)

I love that Devin is also considering this artful way of bringing a buried urban creek back to public consciousness:

“There is no timetable for when daylighting — a term used to describe restoring the stream to a more natural condition — might occur….The only place where the buried portion of Pollocks Branch is visible is through a metal grate on a street that passes through the property. Floyd hopes to eventually install listening stations to allow visitors to hear what’s going on underground.”

 

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