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Lindheimer Chapter

August 15, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Join the Lindheimer Chapter for a presentation from Meg Inglis, the Executive Director of the Native Plant Society. This in-person meeting will also be available over Zoom, click here for details on how to join.

“When my husband and I built our home on two acres near Dripping Springs we decided to use native plants because we wanted to provide habitat for the local wildlife and we didn’t want to devote a lot of extra water to a lawn. (Our rainwater collection system was the only source of household water.) This presentation provides an overview of the restoration projects we conducted on our property – “Villa Caliche” – over a 22-year period beginning in 2000: our objectives, methods, considerations, successes, and lessons learned.”

In 2021 Meg Inglis was delighted to assume the position of Executive Director, Native Plant Society of Texas. For 7 years prior to that, she coordinated the Society’s Native Landscape Certification Program. Meg’s passion for native plants began in 2000 when she and her family built their home on a 2-acre parcel of land near Dripping Springs. Her knowledge of ecology and their sole dependence on a rainwater system made using native plants a natural decision. She is a long-time member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Native Prairies Association of Texas, and the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration. Meg has a Bachelor’s in Biology, secondary science teaching certification, and a Master’s in Public Administration.

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Canyon Lake, Texas 78133
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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