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Trinity Forks Chapter

July Program-Trinity Forks-“Sex in the Garden” and Business Meeting – July 27

July 27, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

The monthly meeting will be live at TWU (see link to map below) and simultaneously broadcast via Zoom (see Zoom link below)

6:30 pm Refreshments & socializing
7:00 pm brief business meeting with program to follow.

Our July program – Sex in the Garden – will be presented by Janet Smith.  Janet is a Texas Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist and a member of NPSOT.

Janet will reveal the secrets of garden life and pollination in this educational and entertaining photo-rich presentation. 

It will give you a whole new perspective on what flowers do to lure insects and others to assure their future.

Janet is a recovering plantaholic who considers the Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and native plant training as her 12-step program.  She specializes in creating attractive landscapes that conserve natural resources and money; are good for the local ecology; and attract bees, butterflies, and birds. She loves helping others discover the thrill of having their own nature channel out their windows.

Janet’s love of gardening didn’t start until after she took early retirement and decided to spruce up her dismal landscape.  The next year she took the Master Gardening training and learned how to actually grow and care for plants.  She embraced the concept of WaterWise Earth-Kind Gardening in her landscape and as a speaker.  A few years later she became a Master Naturalist and joined the Native Plant Society of Texas where she now coordinates their very active Native Landscape Certification Program.

Location: The Ann Stuart Science Complex (ASSC) Room 259 at TWU
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Parking is available beginning at 6pm.

Zoom:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83237641371?pwd=dzhGUlptdnowQk1XQ29iby9LbFYydz09

Meeting ID: 832 3764 1371 Passcode: 107836 One tap mobile +13462487799,,83237641371#,,,,*107836# US (Houston) +17193594580,,83237641371#,,,,*107836# US

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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