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Chapter Meeting – Diagnosing and Treating Native Plant Problems

Andrew Labay, horticulturist & plant biologist from San Antonio Botanical Gardens Meeting at the New Braunfels Public Library meeting room. Social 5:45 pm, Business 6:15 pm, Program at 6:30 pmZoom link and passcode in January newsletter and on website.

August 7: “Ecological Site Descriptions and the Effect on Plant Communities” with Brandon Bing

Chapter Meeting - "Ecological Site Descriptions and the Effect on Plant Communities" Plus "How To Use the Soil Web Survey" - Presented by Brandon Bing, Natural Resource Conservation Service Join us for the August 7 Lakes and Pines Chapter Meeting to hear Brandon Bing discuss the topic of Ecological Site Descriptions and the Effect on […]

Mike Munsil “Native Plants in a Permaculture Environment”

Mike will define permaculture and briefly introduce its principles and ethics. He will then discuss the contrast in viewpoints between those who focus on permaculture and those who focus on native plants. Mike will introduce the concept of food forest, providing a list of edible native plants in Texas. /*! elementor - v3.22.0 - 26-06-2024 […]

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting – What’s the rush video with Dr. Doug Tallamy, Aug 13

Doug Tallamy presents on video the science-based solution to the biodiversity crisis and explains why it's so urgent. Native plants are the foundation of the solution, and we can do it together. This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please register to get the Zoom for this meeting. https://npsot-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqd-6gpz8sH9yU0Gnv_I3PexdIUvwbJpvi After registering, you will receive a […]

Event Series Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Tyrell Park 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas

Join us for our monthly chapter meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: Tyrrell Park - 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705 We meet in the Binks Horticultural Center in the Beaumont Botanical Gardens area of the park.

Collin County Chapter – Show and Tell

Our chapter’s annual “Show and Tell” meeting will be on September 3. Members and other attendees are encouraged to show pictures and tell about their favorite native Texas plants. Everyone is […]

Dusty Rhoads, Native American Seed, Restoring Horned Lizard Habitat Using Native Plants, North Central Chapter Meeting

Fort Worth Botanic Garden in the Rose Room 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 6:15 pm Socializing & snacks 6:30 pm Business meeting and announcementsThe presentation will follow our business meeting. This meeting is hybrid; in person with a virtual Zoom option. Register in advance for this meeting: https://npsot-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcemoqDovH9Qb5PdbLPQN_ipqLjhCzESG After registering, you will receive […]

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

Event Series Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Tyrell Park 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas

Join us for our monthly chapter meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: Tyrrell Park - 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705 We meet in the Binks Horticultural Center in the Beaumont Botanical Gardens area of the park.

September Trinity Forks Business Meeting & Program – Adding Native Plants to Our Communities – Trinity Forks 2023 Grant Recipient Project Reports

6:30pm – Social time7:00pm – Zoom opens and meeting begins The PETAL Prairie Restoration at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, presented by Rachel Weaver, Founder and Director of The PETAL Project, demonstrates her partnership with the City of Denton, TX and the Elm Fork Master Naturalists, to add native plants of ecological importance into an […]

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Native Plant Exchange, North Central Chapter Meeting

Native Plant Exchange Bring your favorite native plant to exchange for another. Some things to share with our members; name (common and scientific), conditions, location, how the plant benefits your environment, characteristics you love.. Take a new native plant home for your garden. Even if you don't have one in a pot to bring, come […]

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

Event Series Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Tyrell Park 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas

Join us for our monthly chapter meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: Tyrrell Park - 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705 We meet in the Binks Horticultural Center in the Beaumont Botanical Gardens area of the park.

Native Plant Swap, Cross Timbers Chapter Meeting (Weatherford)- Tuesday 10/22

Bring a Native Plant -- from your yard, the side of the road, or purchased from a nursery! At this meeting, plants will be swapped and stories will be told. Fall is the digging/transplanting season. Our October meeting will be the Plant Swap. That’s the game in which each member brings a native plant to […]

Chapter Meeting – Composting: What, How, & Why

Gary Johnstone, Comal Master Gardener Meeting at the New Braunfels Public Library meeting room. Social 5:45 pm, Business 6:15 pm, Program at 6:30 pmZoom link and passcode in January newsletter and on website.

Anna Hurst, Eco Blossom Nursery, North Central Chapter Meeting

Fort Worth Botanic Garden in the Rose Room 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 6:15 pm Socializing & snacks 6:30 pm Business meeting and announcementsThe presentation will follow our business meeting. This meeting is hybrid; in person with a virtual Zoom option. Register in advance for this meeting: https://npsot-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcemoqDovH9Qb5PdbLPQN_ipqLjhCzESG After registering, you will receive […]

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

Event Series Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Tyrell Park 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas

Join us for our monthly chapter meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: Tyrrell Park - 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705 We meet in the Binks Horticultural Center in the Beaumont Botanical Gardens area of the park.

Annual Native Plant/Seed Swap and Potluck – November 21

Join us for one of favorite annual events and swap some plants and seeds! We will have a few announcements, folks will talk about what plant babies they've brought, then there will be a mad dash to pick your most coveted plants! This is always a fun event. What's better than free plants, right?

Annual Holiday Party – North Central Chapter

Planning in progress. More details will be posted closer to the event. This month will be In person only. No Zoom option is available. Ornament Exchange - bring an ornament for our festive ornament exchange. Games and prizes Slideshow Fort Worth Botanic Gardens in the Rose Room 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

Event Series Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Tyrell Park 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas

Join us for our monthly chapter meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: Tyrrell Park - 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705 We meet in the Binks Horticultural Center in the Beaumont Botanical Gardens area of the park.

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

This is a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please check back closer to this meeting to register to get the Zoom for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration link coming soon.

Event Series Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Beaumont Chapter Meeting

Tyrell Park 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas

Join us for our monthly chapter meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: Tyrrell Park - 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705 We meet in the Binks Horticultural Center in the Beaumont Botanical Gardens area of the park.

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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