Chapter Leader Forum: June – Bylaws Revision

Host: Kim Conrow, Governing Documents Revision Chair When: Thursday, June 15, 2023 (Third Thursday) 12 - 1 pm Zoom Registration Link: The June 15 Chapter Leader Forum is open to ALL members and will be devoted to answering your questions and discussing your comments about the bylaws revisions. The period for comments ends July 15. Good governing […]

Chapter Leader Forum: New Plant Sale Tools for the Native Plant Database

Topic: New Plant Sale Tools for the Native Plant Database Description: The Native Plant Database Subcommittee will present some new tools that can be used to promote Chapter Plant Sales: 1) How to create a plant list with photos and links to the database that can be posted on your website, 2) How to use an online […]

Chapter Leader Forum: How to Conduct a Successful Plant Rescue

Presenter: Ashley Landry, Williamson County ChapterWhen: Thursday, September 21, 2023 (Third Thursday) 12 - 1 pm This presentation is open to all Society members. Please join us! OverviewAshley Landry has hosted numerous plant […]

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 When: Thursday, October 19, 2023 (Third Thursday) 12 […]

November Chapter Leader Forum: Chapter Budgets & Chapter Spending Inspirations

Chapter Budgets AND Chapter Spending Inspirationsby: Sara Torres and YOU (roundtable discussion on spending) JOIN US!Thursday, November 30, 2023 (5th Thursday) 12 - 1 pmNOTE THIS MONTH ONLY:Meeting is moved from 3rd to the 5th Thursday. Zoom Registration Link: Chapter budgets and how to use the Chapter Budget Template (available upon request) - by […]

Chapter Leader Form: Native Plants in Schools

January -  Topic: Native Plants in Schools Description:  Join Haeley Giambalvo of the Native Plants in Schools Committee to get a preview of the new Native Plant Garden Starter Kit for schools and other resources that the committee is working to develop to support teachers and students.  We’ll also talk about how chapters can support their […]

Chapter Leader Forum – Removing and Replacing my Conventional Lawn

Topic: Removing and Replacing my Conventional Lawn Description:Join Bob Dailey, upcoming President of the Pines and Prairies chapter, as he gives a short presentation about his home lawn replacement project. It will include an overview of the removal of St Augustine and replacement with annuals, perennials, and woody plants. He will share how his neighbors […]

Chapter Leader Forum – Apr 18

Topic: How to Navigate the Member Portal, Find State Forms and Materials, and More! Description:  We know that navigating the Member Portal and Dropbox can be challenging, so we are here to help. Meg will tell you how to log on to your Member Portal and look through all the resources that are available to […]

Chapter Leader Forum: H-E-B Initiative – May 16th

Topic: H-E-B Initiative Description:  About a year ago the Society began a collaboration with H-E-B. The Native Plant Society of Texas team and H-E-B had the following objectives for the collaboration: Please join us for an update about the program - come with questions! Presenters: Haeley Giambalvo, Claire Sorenson, Laura Legett, Meg Inglis When: Thursday, May 16, […]

Chapter Leader Forum: Native Plant Society of Texas Standing Rules Revision – June 20th

Topic: Native Plant Society of Texas Standing Rules Revision - Questions and Comments Description:  Here is your opportunity to ask questions and give critical feedback about the recently revised standing rules! The Governing Documents Revision Committee revised the Society Standing Rules and submitted the revision to the State Board of Directors at the May 4th Q2 […]

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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