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An Adventure in Home Rain Gardening
Don Ewers

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rain tends to be a bit fickle here in San Antonio. Anyone who has lived here for any length of time is well aware our South Texas climate is characterized by perpetual drought periodically broken by torrential rain. When it does rain, managing stormwater runoff becomes something of a challenge.

This presentation features a home re-landscaping project inspired by the Mission Reach Ecorestoration Project of the San Antonio River and considerable training in Low Impact Design (LID) techniques from San Antonio River Authority staff. It encompasses a stormwater management system of rain gardens and swales highlighted with a diverse array of native plants, creating a unique, low maintenance, sustainable wildscape.

Donald Ewers is the Texas Master Naturalist liaison to the San Antonio River Authority and a member of SARA’s Environmental Advisory Committee, as well as the vice-president of the San Antonio Chapter of NPSOT.

As a follow up to the September chapter meeting presentation, you are invited to an “Open Rain Garden” outing Sunday, Oct 1, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the home of Donald Ewers. His address will be announced at the September meeting.

6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & Social time
7:00 pm – Meeting and program
Lions Field Adult Center
2809 Broadway (corner of Mulberry & Broadway by Brackenridge Park)
Map to Lions Field Adult Center

Free and open to the public!

If you like what you hear, please consider becoming a member! For more information, click below.


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Guide for Native Plants Viewing in Bexar County

Know your Natives: What and where in Bexar County
A map and listing of Parks, Properties, Greenways, Community Gardens, Commercial Businesses and Schools showing use of Texas Native Plants. Guide identifies each location with certain attributes such as – landscapes with butterflies or pollinators in mind, demo gardens, guided tours, rain gardens, plants tagged, trails with native plants/trees.

tinyurl.com/SeeSANatives
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Vote for Native Texas Plants that Support the Monarch Butterfly

The Alamo Area Monarch Collaborative has created a petition to request that nurseries and growers stock more plants utilized by the Monarch Butterfly.
Click the link below to view/complete the petition.

Petition for Monarch Plants

Plants included are:
Western Ironweed
Texas Blazing Star
Texas Lantana
Frostweed
White Boneset
Maximillian Sunflower
Texas Milkweed
Engelmann’s Daisy
Lindheimer’s Senna
Horsemint
Tall Goldenrod
Prairie Verbena