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Wednesday, June 5 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Prairie Commons

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Prairie Commons is a commercial development in the heart of Flower Mound Texas. It’s design incorporates the Prairie in all elements. The nearby Flower Mound Prairie Remnant serves as the inspiration and even the source of some of the Prairie elements found in the 100% Native Landscape, established from seed. The buildings all capture rainwater, which is used in the landscape and is available to the tenants for non-potable uses. The landscape is comprised of Pocket Prairies, Monarch Waystations, and 5 Native Rain Gardens which capture and filter runoff from the parking. Night sky friendly lighting and large murals help inspire a sense of place and a connection to the historic prairie that once covered the area. This project can serve as a model for future commercial development. This presentation will provide the details of how the project came together, complete with lessons learned about utilizing prairie plants in a landscape surrounded by a highly developed and manicured urban environment. Invasive species management, establishing a landscape with seeds, and managing public expectations will also be covered. Public places can connect us to our natural heritage and remind us of how to become the stewards what little remains. 


George Cates

Native American Seed

Wednesday June 5, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am CDT
Room 1313