The Dallas Chapter holds monthly meetings open to the general public with guest speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats; maintains demonstration gardens at several sites in the Metroplex; and sponsors such other events as may come up that promote the use or awareness of native plants.
Upcoming News and Events
- On February 16, 2015 - Chris Psencik, Tommy Silvers, and Jennifer DeWolfe from Southern Botanical Inc. will talk about the "Installation and Maintenance of a Texas Native Plants Landscape of the George W Bush Presidential Center in Dallas".
Chris Psencik, Director, Development Operations.
Chris has 10 years of professional experience in the green industry. Chris graduated with a BS in Horticulture Landscape Design from Texas A&M University. He is a Green Advantage Certified Contractor and is OSHA 30 certified. During his time at Southern Botanical Chris has served in various management roles which include Residential and Commercial Landscape Construction and Garden Management Sales. Before joining Southern Botanical, he served as a Project Engineer and Estimator for Valleycrest Landscape Development. He has also served in numerous customer service roles working for the Brickman Group, Zilker Botanical Gardens and The Houstonian Hotel Spa and Resort. Chris is a member of TEXO, American Society of Landscape Architects, PLANET and regularly participates in community activities and outreach programs with his local church, Free City and Transform.
Tommy Silvers, Director, Garden Management.
Tommy has 15 years of professional experience in the green industry. Beginning with his golf-course management experience while attending Texas A&M University, Tommy served on maintenance teams at three different golf courses. After attaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy in 2001, he accepted a position with a national landscape company as crew leader, where he worked his way through the ranks as a result of his strong leadership skills and customer service record. Looking for a way to expand upon his horticultural and management skills, Tommy took a position with Southern Botanical in 2007, where he has proven himself to be instrumental in the success of our team. Through his focus on Customer Service and business management, he was promoted to his current position in 2014.
Jennifer DeWolfe, Garden Manager
Jennifer has been working in horticulture for the past 9 years. During college she gained experience in peach and rose maintenance and breeding while at Texas A&M University. She went on to receive her masters at Texas State University and was involved in teaching and research. While there, one of her areas of focus was the San Marcos Nature Center where she was able to cultivate, maintain, design, and educate visitors about the native gardens. After graduating she headed to Southern Botanical as a Garden Manager and within a year of being there began managing the maintenance of George Bush Presidential Library.
- On March 16, 2015 - Ricky Linex from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service of Texas will talk about the “Riparian Management – Why Creeks Act the Way They Do”
Come and learn about the interaction of water, soil or sediment and vegetation as it relates to the health of streams and their associated riparian areas. What can be done about creeks that have down cut and are actively eroding? What caused this action and can the creeks heal themselves? In many cases if we remove the hindrances to riparian function the creeks can repair themselves, though this process may be limited in urban settings which have hindrances that may be difficult to remove or avoid.
Ricky Linex is a wildlife biologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service headquartered in Weatherford, Texas. Linex works 51 counties in north central Texas covering the Rolling Plains, Cross Timbers, Blackland Prairie and Post Oak Savannah vegetational regions. He has worked 32 years with NRCS in Goldthwaite, Snyder, and Abilene with the past 12 of those years in Weatherford. He is the author of the brand new "Range Plants of North Central Texas: A Land Users Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management", a plant identification book for north central Texas. This book has 324 grasses, forbs and woody plants of the area and is full of photos. A valuable addition within this book is the detailed browsing, grazing and seed value of each plant for cattle, sheep, goats, deer, dove, quail and turkey.
Ricky will have is new book for sale. It's in its second printing! It's a great book and many people appreciate it for the amount of pictures per plant; most have FIVE! Our society's president, Bill Hopkins, wrote a wonderful review, and BRIT's review, and Ricky's own words. See page 2. Be sure and bring $20 cash or check.
- On May 2, 2015 - Spring Plant Sale at Native Plants and Prairie Day at the White Rock Lake's Bath House and Cultural Center. Interested in volunteering? Contact Cindy Kearney
- On January 19, 2015 - Randy Johnson will be presenting his lecture on "Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage"
- On October 4, 2014 Plant Sale at Lakeside Farmer's Market
- On September 15, 2014 Matt White elaborated on his book “Prairie Time. A Brief Blackland Prairie Environmental History”
- On August 18, 2014 Jessica Beckham talked about “Urban Bumblebee in Denton County”
- On June 16, 2014 Barney Lipscomb talked about “Discovering Texas’ Botanical Heritage – Past, Present & Future”
- On May 19, 2014 Jo Ann Collins talked about “Fort Worth Prairie Park”
- On April 21, 2014 Malinda Slagle talked about "Adapting the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) to North Texas: Challenges and Rewards"
- On March 17, 2014 Dr. Gary O. Dick spoke on work conducted in the Trinity River wetlands.
- On February 17, 2014 Carole Clark spoke on "Onions of the DFW Metroplex Area"
- On February 15, 2014 Our chapter visited the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center. (see more)
- On January 20, 2014 Randy Johnson spoke on "Native Plants: Ancient solutions for Modern Problems"
- On October 5, 2013 Our chapter had a plant sale at White Rock Lake Local Market
- On September 16, 2013 UTA Professor Laura Gough talked about “Effects of Global Change on Arctic Plants and Our Native Prairies”
- On August 19, 2013 North Texas Master Naturalists Jim Shouse and Dana Wilson spoke on plant species that are invasive to the Dallas-Fort Worth region
- On June 17, 2013 Jim Edison from The Nature Conservancy spoke on "Vegetation and Ecology of Blackland Prairie, Grand Prairie and Western Crosstimbers of North Central Texas"
- On May 4, 2013 Our chapter had a booth with plant sale at “Love Our Native Plants and Prairies Day” at White Rock Bath House Cultural Center
- On May 20, 2013 Michael D. Warriner from TPWD spoke on “Native Bees of Texas”
- On April 15, 2013 Gail Kahle guided a field trip with plant ID at Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Garland
- On March 17, 2013 John DeFillipo spoke on “John Bunker Sands Wetland Center: Aquatic Plants Naturally Filtering our Water Supply”
- On February 18, 2013 Jim Varnum spoke on "Attracting Birds and Butterflies to your Garden"
- On January 21, 2013 Randy Johnson spoke on “Native Milkweeds: A Hub of Biodiversity”
- On September 17, 2012 Carol Spruiell spoke on Smarter Water for North Texas
- On August 20, 2012 Mia McGraw, a research associate with Central Texas Native Seeds, spoke on the increasing need for native seed sources, selection of those species for restoration, project overview, and need for support.
- On June 18, 2012 Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, the Chairman of the Biology Department at the University of Dallas, on "Distribution and Conservation of Native Mycoheterotrophic Orchids in Texas"
- On May 21, 2012 Carrie Dubberley, president of Dubberley Landscape, Inc., spoke on "Rain Garden Design and Construction"
- On March 19, 2012 John Snowden, owner of the Bluestem Nursery in Arlington, spoke on "Best Native Grasses for Texas Landscapes"
- On February 20, 2012 Texas Master Naturalist Jim Varnum spoke on the John F. Burke Nature Preserve
- On January 16, 2012 Suzanne Tuttle spoke on "Identifying Deciduous Plants in Winter"
- On September 19, 2011 Rosalie Rogers spoke on the Molly Hollar Wildscape, a wildlife habitat restoration project in Arlington, TX.
- On August 15, 2011 Roger Sanderson led a tour at Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, TX.
- On June 20, 2011 Carol Feldman presented "Maintenance of Your Landscape: Tips for the Homeowner".
- On May 16, 2011 Malinda Slagle presented "Invasive Plant Species of North Texas".
Past News and Events
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