North Central Chapter

Programs — Demo Gardens

Demonstration Gardens

TCC Northwest Campus Pollinator Garden

Garden Leader: Bill Freiheit The garden is a newly established native plant garden located at 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76179. Volunteers include TCC students. Workdays are the

Randol Mill Park Pond Triangle Garden

Garden Lead: Carol Marcottee This lovely Native Plant Garden is locate at 1901 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76012. Workdays are the 4th Thursday – email list will keep

Bed of native plants with a sign that reads "Texas Native Plant Demonstration Garden"

Southwest Sub-Courthouse Demo Garden

Workdays: to be scheduled The Tarrant County Southwest Sub-Courthouse Demonstration Garden was established in 1998 by members of the North Central Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Jim

Pollinator Garden at Randol Mill Park

Lead: Josephine Keeney Workdays: Fourth Monday of each month The garden was started November 2020 with a great from the Audubon Society and plants were donated by volunteers. Bluebird nest

Butterfly Garden at Knapp Heritage Park

Leads: Josephine Keeney & Jane Oosterhuis Workdays: Monthly Knapp Heritage Park was dedicated in 2004 and managed by the Arlington Historical Society. Geraldine Mills is the Director of this park

Pollinator Garden at River Legacy Park

Lead: Josephine Keeney Workdays: Third Monday of each month The Pollinator gardens had been in disrepair for the lack of volunteers. In 2019, The River Legacy Sience Center ask a

O.S. Gray Natural Area

Lead: Josephine Keeney Workdays: Second Saturday of each month This Pollinator Garden was started from scratch in 2010 under the Leadership of Kevin Donovan and the sponsorship of the Arlington

The Butterfly Garden at Fielder House

Lead: Josephine Keeney For more details, visit the Fielder House website The butterfly garden at Fielder House was started in 2006 and continues to be a work in progress on

The Molly Hollar Wildscape

Leads: Ann Knudson and Hester Schwarzer Workdays: Every Wednesday of the month and first Saturday on the month The Molly Hollar Wildscape, located in Veterans Park, Arlington, TX was started

Fort Worth Zoo Pollinator Garden

Lead: Stesha Pasachnik Workdays: 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 9:30 am to 11:00 am unless otherwise noted The Fort Worth Zoo Pollinator Grow Zone located at 1989

White Settlement Monarch Waystation

Garden Leaders: Avon Burton and Marcie Delgado Mission To attract and support local butterflies, Monarch butterflies, native bees, and other pollinators and to provide educational tools and volunteer opportunities that

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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