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Cross Timbers Chapter

Cross Timbers Chapter (Weatherford and Surrounding Areas)

*NEW* 2024 Popup Plant Sale

Where: Peacock’s Feed & Boutique
122 W Water St J, Weatherford, TX 76086

Details:

Native plants!!! Pop-up sale on Saturday from 9 am until sold out! Here is what was remaining as of this past Sunday

Gallons: $9
4 inch: $3
Quarts of frog fruit: $4
5 gallon shrubs: $30
5 gallon perennials: $15 or less

About

The Cross Timbers Chapter serves Palo Pinto County, Parker County, and surrounding areas. 

Chapter Meetings:  typically held in the evening on the 4th Tuesday from January through June and August through November in Weatherford.  Our chapter meetings include guest speakers, activities, and events like the October Native Plant Swap.  Please click on event in list below for additional details and meeting location.

Activities:  In 2023, we sold over 1,000 native plants that found new homes. Our volunteer projects include the creation of a Pollinator Garden at the Administration Building of Lake Mineral Wells State Park and maintaining the Chandor Gardens Nature Trail. These projects are open to any volunteers who share our passion for native plants.

Join Us!  Whether you’re an expert or just curious about native flora, we welcome you to join our chapter activities throughout the year.  Visitors are always welcome. Let’s work together to spread awareness and appreciation for our local ecosystems!

Feel free to reach out if you’d like more information or want to get involved! 🌿🌼

Upcoming Cross Timbers Chapter Meetings and Events

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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason