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WASHINGTON, May 19, 2006---The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected Rain Bird Corporation to provide a landscape drip irrigation system for the recently dedicated green roof in downtown Washington, D.C.

“ASLA selected Rain Bird to provide our irrigation system because of its excellent reputation for reliability and durability,” said Nancy Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.

Rain Bird’s Xerigation® provides a precise application method minimizing the amount of water carried away by wind and reduces evaporation – a concern given the ASLA green roof’s exposure to sunlight, reflected heat, and windy, urban conditions. Another benefit of Rain Bird’s system is that it can deliver the water at a slow rate to allow the green roof’s lightweight, porous soil to better retain the water.

“Rain Bird is honored to be a part of this exciting project with the ASLA and looks forward to helping sustain this green roof with the use of our Xerigation products,” said Rick Wagner, Rain Bird’s Xerigation Development Manager. “As green roofs become more prevalent for their environmental and economic benefits, the need for consistent, efficient irrigation will become increasingly important. We look forward to being a part of this ecologically valuable movement.”

The ASLA green roof will demonstrate the environmental and esthetic value of green roofs; encourage more widespread use of green roofs locally and nationally; and showcase the value landscape architects bring to this type of project. To schedule a public tour of the green roof project, call 202-898-2444.

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 16,500 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape architecture online at

About Rain Bird Corporation
Based in Glendora, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments, and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 130 patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water™ is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, France, Sweden, and Mexico. For more information, visit

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