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Jan 14

Signs of Summer: Plants with a Purpose

Posted on January 14, 2021 at 1:20 PM by Shelby Abner

Summer in the Town of Brownsburg means plenty of flowers are in bloom! While these plants beautify our Town, they also serve an important role as rain gardens and pollinators. These green infrastructure techniques save the Town money by reducing stormwater runoff, which limits flooding.

Signs Of Summer

There are several rain gardens located along downtown Green Street. While these rain gardens can hold large amounts of water, they also clean the water and reduce pollution getting into our water via storm drains. 

“Rain gardens [are]more attractive and less expensive than installing a stormwater treatment facility, “explained Wastewater Superintendent Kathy Dillon.

Residents wanting to learn more about rain gardens can contact Kathy Dillon at for a tour of the Wastewater treatment plant, where the Public Works team installed their own rain garden to control flooding.

Plants with a Purpose

It can take time to establish rain gardens, as the first few years require plant maintenance to ensure the plants become established. Some of these plants have dual purposes, also serving as pollinators.

“Pollinators are important because they help support a diverse natural ecosystem of insects, birds and food-producing plants that all rely on each other to survive,” Brownsburg Parks Natural Resources Manager Greg Dickenson said.

Residents can get up close and personal to pollinator gardens located at the entrance to Williams Park and at the Outdoor Classroom on Alpha Avenue. Community members can walk through the gardens while observing bees, butterflies and other wildlife interacting with the flowers.

Pollinator Gardens

Once established, pollinator gardens require little to no maintenance, only occasional weed control, making it a very cost-effective solution to restoring native wildlife.

Anyone can plant their own pollinator garden to support nature and wildlife by planting native varieties of Black-Eyed Susans, coneflowers and milkweed.

“It’s important to avoid non-native or heavily modified varieties of plants, as these provide little to no nutritional value to pollinators,” Dickenson said.

Share your rain and pollinator garden photos with us by using the hashtag #brownsburglife on social media!