Fredericksburg Chapter

Native Plants That Help Soak Up the Rain: May 28, 2024

View Shannon Brown’s May 26, 2024 presentation

Sound on this presentation begins at minute 6:30.

Is precious rainwater running off your property and into the neighbor’s yard? Do you have a low spot that gets flooded every time it rains? Have you installed a rain garden, berms and swales to capture rainwater and help it sink into the soil on your land? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come find out which native plants do best in rain gardens here in Central Texas at the next meeting of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), Fredericksburg Chapter on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Halle.

“It’s very exciting to see more people interested in revitalizing our Texas waterways and natural habitat by installing a rain garden in their small yards or larger properties,” said Shannon Brown, speaker at the Fredericksburg May chapter meeting, and founder of Ecosystem Regeneration Artisans (ERA) Landscapes. “Rain gardens and native plant landscapes have different growing habits and care needs than traditional plants and lawns, and it’s important to plant the right natives so they’ll thrive and require less work.”

Brown founded ERA Landscapes to unite talented land stewards on projects that realize the vision of creating healthy ecological communities. From apartment makeovers with plants that remove air toxins to wildlife management on large-acreage ranches, Shannon and her team create projects focused on earth care and people care. Their gardens use native plants to provide wildlife habitat for pollinators and birds, incorporate perennial food crops for human consumption, and often involve mechanisms to harvest rainwater to capture it into the soil before it runs off, becomes polluted and contributes to flooding.

“Shannon has a great knowledge base when it comes to installing and maintaining rain gardens in Central Texas,” said Deborah Simmons, president of the Fredericksburg chapter of NPSOT. “We’re excited to have her back as our speaker this month.” Rainscapes Save Water, Shannon’s 2021 presentation is available on the chapter’s YouTube channel.

Three months later.

The Fredericksburg NPSOT chapter holds its monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of the month at St. Joseph’s Halle (212 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg). Friends, new and old, get together with snacks at 6:30. A short business meeting starts at 7 p.m. and introduces the speaker. The public is invited to attend in person or via online streaming (

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