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Chapter Meeting – Native Groundcovers as an Alternative to Native Turf Grasses

March 12 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Kathy Saucier has been a member of NPSOT since January 1992 and is a Fellows Member. She has been with the Trinity Forks chapter since 1992 and now has dual membership with the Fredericksburg and Kerrville Chapters. Her experience includes many years of identifying natives in the field under the tutorage of Shirley Lusk (see NPSOT award in her name) and was trained by TPWD as a certified Wildscape instructor when the program came out in the 90’s. She is co-chair of the Trinity Forks Chapter plant sale and loves to propagate plants. Her experience is not totally north Texas though.

She grew up in the Hill Country and now resides on the 1904 Leyendecker family farm in SW Gillespie County. Her first landscaping with natives were plants naturally growing here in Gillespie County. She has lived here since 2018 and is learning the different climate, soil and critter issues dealing with growing natives. She especially enjoys discovering what grows here locally/native to our area and promoting their attributes. She has identified about 190 species on their 40 acres and added another 150 TX natives to it as well. And she keeps a nursery going that currently has over 1200 pots. Many of these will be going into her landscape when the new house is finished. Her interest does not stop at native plants but includes birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, dragonflies, butterflies and everything else that crawls.

We meet at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Franciso Lemos St., Kerrville, Texas.