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How Can I Tame a Water-thirsty Yard? Getting Started on Xeriscape

January 8 @ 6:45 pm 8:30 pm

Please join us for our chapter meeting on Zoom!

6:35 Meeting Opens
6:45 Business Meeting
6:55 Plant of the Month
7:00 Guest Speaker

For January’s program, Deedy Wright discusses what “xeriscape” means and its basic principles. The presentation will show an actual transition from a “contractor” landscape to a xeriscape and show landscape examples of what ideas such as a “No Grass Front Yard,” a “Repurposed Fountain” or a “Mixed Hedge” can look like. The last section will suggest some ecoregion-appropriate plants that could be used.

Note: We have six handouts for this meeting. Please go to to download the handouts. (You do not need to log in to view and download the files.)

About the Speaker

Deedy Wright is a life-long Texas gardener. Her particular interests are native plants, xeriscape, and invasive plants. She has been an active member of the Native Plant Society since 1996 when she joined the San Antonio chapter. In 2007, she organized the Guadalupe chapter, and in 2019, the New Braunfels chapter; subsequently, Deedy served as president of both the Guadalupe and New Braunfels chapters. She has also served for four years as the Vice-President of Education on the state NPSOT board. Until recently she chaired the state committee on invasive plants.

Deedy has completed the Texas Invaders training on invasive plants and multiple native plant courses at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. She served on the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) Steering Committee for six years, and is also an NLCP instructor, completing Levels 1-3 and serving on the sub-committee to write Level 4. In addition, she was a certified Master Gardener for 15 years in Bexar and Guadalupe counties, with specialist training in propagation and vegetable gardening.

A retired secondary language arts and social studies teacher, Deedy has taught and continues to teach adult continuing education classes on various native plant topics in the San Antonio/New Braunfels area. She has converted the typical contractor landscapes to xeriscapes using native plants in the last three homes where she’s lived. She has dirt under her fingernails!

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This is a FREE EVENT, but please register to join the meeting and participate in the Q&A. This meeting may also be live streamed on our Facebook page.

Meetings are open to members and non-members. If you would like to become a member, you may join online. For more information about the Native Plant Society of Texas and the benefits of membership please visit:

Hosted by the Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake.