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Texas Native Plant Week

The third week of October was designated as Texas Native Plant Week by the 2009 Texas Legislature. Texas Native Plants play an important conservation role, and the Texas Annual Wildflower Week educates children and homeowners about the importance of native plants, with many educational opportunities such as plant walks, plant sales, and other outdoor events. Click here if you […]

Texas Native Plant Week

Did you know that in 2009, under Governor Rick Perry, designated the third week of October as Texas Native Plant Week? It was created with the goal to publicize conservation and to hell educate the public. For the week of October 15-21 we are asking everyone to participate in showing off their gardens! Each day […]

October Chapter Leader Forum –  Plant Rescues – Part 2

Topic: In Plant Rescues Part 1, Ashley Landry gave a very well received overview of how she organizes plant rescues for her local NPSOT and TMN chapters. This is a follow-up forum where chapter leaders are able to ask questions and dig a little deeper into the process of coordinating and hosting plant rescues. Presenter: Ashley Landry plantrescue@gwmn.org When: Thursday, October 19, 2023 (Third Thursday) 12 […]

Amending & Blending Soils for Native Plantings – October 19

Come explore some custom tricks of the trade for prepping soils specifically for a variety of native plants, including approaches for improving and restoring existing soils as well as recipes and techniques for blending your own mixes from scratch.

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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