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Native Landscape Certification Program

Our Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a series of day-long classes highlighting best practices for native plant landscaping, including wildlife habitat gardening. Each class consists of an indoor training session and a plant identification session. We show you plants native to the local ecoregion and illustrate their use in the landscape. In each level you are presented with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your area, and 5 non-native plants to avoid.

Goals of the NLCP classes are to (a) educate NPSOT members and the general public about the value of natives, (b) how to use native plants in home, public and commercial landscapes and habitat restorations, and to (c) provide native landscape education, CEUs, and credentials to landscape professionals, developers, and nature-oriented groups.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 2Design and Development with Native Plants – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 3: Installing and Maintaining Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 4: Stewardship of Native Plant Communities (under development) – Class & Plant Walk

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Wildscapes Workshop and Plant Sale

The Wildscapes workshop and plant sale is an annual event for the community to learn about native plants.

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Annual Plant & Seed Swap

Annual November meeting

This our annual November Chapter Meeting Celebration! It is held at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park. Starts with a variety of shared potluck foods followed by swapping native plants and seeds. Bring something to share, or come looking to start your own native habitat. Bring the seeds and plants you want to swap. Bring a potluck dish to share. Get ready to find the hard-to-find seeds and plants you would like to bring to your garden.

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Field Trips

Please join us for our six annual field trips: three in the spring, and three in the fall. What to bring: hat, bugspray, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, snacks, close-toed shoes, binoculars.

A group photo outdoors, native grasses and wildflowers in the foreground

Native Plant Garden at Houston Zoo

The native plant garden at the Houston Zoo was started by NPSOT-H member Lisa Yelenick in 2008. Today it is jointly managed by the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter and by the Texas Master Naturalist – Gulf Coast Chapter (GCMN) and chaired by NPSOT-H’s Sally Hilliard. Thanks to regular maintenance by our joint organizations and wonderful support by the Houston Zoo the beds under our care have expanded from one to three. The Maverick Bed is at the entrance to the Children’s Zoo and two others are inside.

Wildscapes Grant Program

The Houston chapter of the NPSOT provides financial support, technical guidance, and recognition for projects that fulfill our mission–the promotion of research, conservation, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example.

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Wildscapes Workshop & Plant Sale

The Wildscapes workshop and plant sale is an annual event for the community to learn about native plants.

Annual Plant & Seed Swap

Annual November Meeting

This our annual November Chapter Meeting Celebration! It is held at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park. Starts with a variety of shared potluck foods followed by swapping native plants and seeds. Bring something to share, or come looking to start your own native habitat. Bring the seeds and plants you want to swap. Bring a potluck dish to share. Get ready to find the hard-to-find seeds and plants you would like to bring to your garden.

Field Trips

Please join us for our six annual field trips: three in the spring, and three in the fall. What to bring: hat, bugspray, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, snacks, close-toed shoes, binoculars.

Native Plant Gardens at Houston Zoo

The native plant garden at the Houston Zoo was started by NPSOT-H member Lisa Yelenick in 2008. Today it is jointly managed by the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston Chapter and by the Texas Master Naturalist – Gulf Coast Chapter (GCMN) and chaired by NPSOT-H’s Sally Hilliard. Thanks to regular maintenance by our joint organizations and wonderful support by the Houston Zoo the beds under our care have expanded from one to three. The Maverick Bed is at the entrance to the Children’s Zoo and two others are inside.

Wildscapes Grant Program

The Houston chapter of the NPSOT provides financial support, technical guidance, and recognition for projects that fulfill our mission–the promotion of research, conservation, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example.

Demonstration Gardens

NICE! Native Plant Partners

The NICE Native Plant Partners program is a collaboration between the Native Plant Society of Texas and local nurseries around the state to offer natives that are right for the local environment. Texas is a large, diverse state and plants that work for one region may not always be the best choice in a different region. Native Plant Partners committees run by our local chapters create a list of Plant of the Month plants (in some areas a Plant of the Season) in cooperation with participating local nurseries and wholesalers in order to assure availability. The Native Plant Society chapter then helps promote the Plant of the Month through its website and newspaper articles, signs at the point of sale and other means. Often an information sheet on the plant is available at the nursery.

Native Landscape Certification Program

Our Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a series of day-long classes highlighting best practices for native plant landscaping, including wildlife habitat gardening.

Each class consists of an indoor training session and a plant identification session. We show you plants native to the local ecoregion and illustrate their use in the landscape.

In each level you are presented with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your area, and 5 non-native plants to avoid.

Goals of the NLCP classes are to (a) educate NPSOT members and the general public about the value of natives, (b) how to use native plants in home, public and commercial landscapes and habitat restorations, and to (c) provide native landscape education, CEUs, and credentials to landscape professionals, developers, and nature-oriented groups.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 2: Design and Development with Native Plants – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 3: Installing and Maintaining Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 4: Stewardship of Native Plant Communities (under development) – Class & Plant Walk Visit Native Landscape Certification Program