Join us Monday, May 15th @ 7PM when the Master Gardeners have kindly volunteered to guide us around their gardens around Midway Hills Christian Church – our typical meeting location. “The Raincatcher’s Garden is one of three Research, Education and Demonstration projects of the DCMGA in Dallas County. They hold classes for the community on such topics as plant selection and vegetable gardening. They welcome several hundred school children and preschoolers each year to introduce them to the wonders of a garden.
Gardening in Dallas County is not easy. We have designed the Raincatcher’s Garden to show homeowners how to have a beautiful garden that uses less water, fertilizer and pesticides. Gardening success in Dallas often comes down to two things: soil preparation and plant selection. We have used a variety of native Texas plants in the design of the parts of the Raincatcher’s Garden that have been installed:
Turfgrass Demonstration– choices of lawn grasses that use less water. Two of the five grasses are native, including Buffalo and Habiturf ™, a mix of three native grasses.
Power Line Garden – mix of large shrubs and small trees selected because their mature height fits under the trimming requirement for power line safety. Native plants include Mexican Plum, Possumhaw Holly, Texas Mountain Laurel and Mexican Buckeye.
Urban trees– alternatives to overplanted tree varieties used in Dallas County. Natives include Cedar elm, Mexican or Monterrey oak, Chinquapin oak and Lacey oak.
Wildflowers– a 20’ x 60’ area by Midway Road in native Texas wildflowers using seed from Native American Seeds. The wildflowers provided nectar for spring pollinators. We plan to overseed with more bluebonnet seeds this year and possibly expand the very successful wildflower area. We worked with several hundred school children to make wildflower seedballs to plant at their schools and homes.
Pollinator garden – designed to attract the more than 200 species of Dallas County butterflies and moths, hummingbirds and other pollinators. The garden mixes native and adapted plants on the west side and just native plants on the east side. We received a small grant from NPSOT to purchase native plants for our Monarch Waystation and are participating in Mayor Rawlings’ effort to encourage the planting of Monarch host and nectar plants in Dallas.
The next area of the garden to be planned and developed will be a Wildlife Habitat, featuring plants that attract birds, butterflies and other insects, and small mammals. The entrance will be a donated martin house, already in place.”