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Gardening with Rainwater

Robin Simmen is a former director Brooklyn Botanic Garden's community greening programs. She has an MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design, a BA from Cornell, and a lifelong interest in gardening.


  • Robert May 18, 2010

    Rain barrels have come a long way and there are lots of new technologies for them. Like the Rain Diverter. My favorite rain diverter is the RainReserve because it has survived winters and heavy rain storms. Plus it solves most of my problems: mosquitoes, critters, debris, algae, and rain barrel overflow. I highly recommend this system.

  • Eliz Peters April 28, 2010

    On the contrary, in NYC the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability includes rainwater harvesting among its strategies for storm water management. You can learn more at

  • Anne April 22, 2010

    I thought it was against the law to harvest rainwater in New York City—even a simple rainbarrel.

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