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Summer Social

 Chapter Summer Social - Potluck with a Hawaiian Luau theme

Presentation & Book Signing with W. Rufus Stephens, author of Land Stewardship for Birds

Salado Community Center 601 North Main Street, Salado, Texas, United States

Hosted by Tonkawa Chapter at the Salado Community Center Presentation and Book Signing Featuring Author W. Rufus Stephens New! Renamed and expanded to cover more than 100 counties of Central Texas, Land Stewardship for Birds is a how-to handbook that explains strategies used to restore and maintain healthy bird habitat.

Nature Walk – September 21

In lieu of a regular presentation at our monthly meeting, Please join us at 6:45 pm on Thursday, September 21 (3rd Thursday) at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center for a walk through the Arboretum grounds. We will observe plants along the trails. We will gather in the room and have light snacks.

Cross Timbers Chapter Meeting and Plant Swap

6:00 p.m. Chapter Business Meeting 6:30 p.m. No Program.  Plant Exchange The annual Cross Timbers Plant swap will occur at our October meeting.  This is such a fun and exciting event, where you can go home with a treasured native plant. I look forward to this every year. How to participate What to expect Each […]

NPSOT Austin Social Gathering

Join us for some much needed social time at Meanwhile Brewing. RSVP requested. Look for an Invite in your inbox soon.

Cross Timbers Chapter Holiday Potluck Dinner and Officer Elections at Chandor Garden

Chandor Gardens 711 W Lee Ave, Weatherford, Texas Take time to view the Butterfly Garden at the Entrance to the Nature Trail before going inside. We have a fancy setting for our Fall Potluck so let’s wear our Holiday finery! Additional information on the potluck will be sent in the November newsletter. If you are […]

Annual Holiday Party – North Central Chapter

RSVP by November 21st to info@txnativeplants.org Potluck Dinner Ornament Exchange - bring an ornament for our festive ornament exchange. Games and prizes Slideshow Election for 2024 Officers Fort Worth Botanic Gardens in the Rose Room 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 You are invited to a North Central NPSOT Zoom meeting.When: Dec 5, […]

Holiday Potluck & Gift Exchange

Monday, December 11 — Clear Lake Chapter Holiday Party—Join us for our annual holiday potluck and gift exchange.

NPSOT-Houston Holiday Dinner – December 21

Rather than hold our regular third-Thursday monthly meeting during this busy time of year, our tradition is to gather for a meal and some fellowship with other native plant enthusiasts. Join us any time after 6:30pm; the restaurant is a buffet so it will be easy for people to come and go as their schedule allows!

Sorelle Farms Mother’s Day/Spring Festival

Join Sorelle Farms in Mineola for their second annual spring event celebrating mothers. Bring Mom and celebrate her with an afternoon of food, music, plants and more! And don't forget […]

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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