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A Summer Walk Through The Raincatcher’s Garden

Mimic the moth and enjoy our zinnias.

Sniff John Fanik Garden Phlox and let the scent take you away.

Host butterflies with flowers like these.

Avoid unfriendly plants.

Discover pretty plant combos like the vibrancy of white spider lily with red Turk’s cap in our rain garden.

Hope for more rain after seeing rain lilies blossom.

Applaud the work of our gardeners! Pictured below is Lisa Centala, one of the Raincatcher’s leaders and Jeff Raska, our county horticultural agent.

Watch your step. Some bunny may be at your feet. This one lives in our rain garden.

 

Thank you for wandering through The Raincatcher’s Garden this morning. Come by anytime. We are located on the grounds of Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas.

Ann Lamb

Pictures by Starla Willis

Rain Garden Pictures by Susan Swinson

 

Our Rain Garden

Here’s a few pictures of our rain garden doing it’s job which by the way is to catch the overflow water from our two gigantic rain cisterns and allow it to sink into the ground rather than out to the street.

The water is typically absorbed in less that 24 hours.

We have selected plants that can survive in standing water or low water situations. The result is a beautiful garden that catches water that would otherwise land in our city storm water drain. The rain garden also serves as a bird and butterfly haven.

Take a look at these beautiful flowers and then let us shower you with plant suggestions. The list will be at the bottom of the page.

Super Ellen Crinum Lily

Texas Star Hibiscus


Rain garden plant list 2020

Crinum lilies, including ‘Super Ellen’ Crinum sp.

Various Daylilies Hemerocallis hybrids

Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea

White Rain Lily Zephyranhes candida

Pink Rain Lily Zephyranthes grandiflora

Red Spider Lily Lycoris radiata

Texas Spider Lily Hymenocallis liriosme

Louisiana Iris cultivars Iris sp.

Purple Heart Tradescantia pallida pupurae

Concord Grape Spiderwort Tradescantia pallida ‘Concord Grape’

Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea

Summer Phlox Phlox paniculata ‘John Fanick’

Summer Phlox Phlox paniculate ‘Victoria’

Brazos Penstemon Penstemon tenuis

Shenandoah Switch Grass Panicum virgatum

Texas Star Hibiscus, Red and White Hibiscus coccineus

Purple Beautyberry Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Purple Pride’

Turk’s Cap Malvaviscus drummondii

Dwarf (Swamp) Palmetto Sabal minor


Let it rain!

Ann Lamb

Photos by Starla Willis and Susan Swinson

 

Rain Garden Education, 3-01-2016

Rain Garden Class and Installation

9-10am Lecture in the Community Hall

10am-1pm (or as long as it takes!) Installation in the east lawn Tuesday, March 1st

Location: 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229

A Rain Garden is a planted shallow depression in the landscape that collects and stores rainwater runoff from roofs and other impervious surfaces until it can infiltrate the soil. Also known as bioretention areas, rain gardens are planted with appropriate hardy and attractive plants to provide color and beauty to the landscape and help conserve water and protect streams and rivers from pollution and erosion. Our training will prepare you to capture and conserve rainwater in a beautiful garden.

Led by specialists from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service:

Dr. Fouad Jaber, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Integrated Water Resources Management, and Dr. Dotty Woodson, Extension Program Specialist, Water Resources

You will learn:

  • Site selection
  • Design considerations
  • Materials Needed
  • Appropriate plant choices for Dallas County

Open to the public. Stay for just the class or help as long as you can in the garden – all are welcome. The class will also qualify as Master Gardener education hours.

In case of rain, please check dallasgardenbuzz.com for further information.

 

Rain Garden Class

Dallas has had record rainfall  in 2015 totaling 57.95 inches. Could homeowners be doing something to slow and/or lessen storm water runoff, create less pollution in runoff, or direct water that falls on your property so that groundwater supplies are replenished? Dr Fouad Jaber will address these subjects next Tuesday.

Date: Tuesday, December 8

Time: 10:00 am

Place: The Raincathcher’s Garden of Midway Hills (we will meet in fellowship all)

11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229

Cost: Free!

Master Gardeners can receive one hour of education credit

This class is open to the public. Bring a friend, all welcome.

Record Rainfall Data

Video by Starla

Ann

Information about our speaker, Dr.Fouad Jaber:

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Integrated Water Resources Management
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
972.952.9672
f-jaber@tamu.edu

Dr. Jaber’s research emphasis is integrated water resources management. His area of study is focused on best management practices to mitigate the harmful effects of urbanization on storm water volume and water quality. He test the effectiveness of green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) practices such as porous pavement, bio-retention areas, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and wet detention ponds. Dr. Jaber also conducts research in water reuse in urban settings including grey water and A/C condensate reuse.

 

 

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