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Q3 State Board Meeting – Aug 3

Chapter members are welcome, but not everyone may vote. Voting members include chapter presidents, executive officers, and state standing committee chairs. Native Plant Society of Texas members receive an email […]

Collin County Chapter – Identifying the Native Trees of North Texas

Our August 6th Chapter meeting will include a presentation by Lisa Travis on “Identifying the Native Trees of North Texas”. The program opens at 6:30 with social time and testing of connections. At 7:00, Rodney Thomas, our chapter president, will give a short chapter update, followed by Lisa’s presentation. The meeting will conclude with a […]

The Native Aquatic Plants of Texas – Williamson County Chapter Meeting, August 8

Join NPSOT-Williamson County on Thursday, August 8, 2024, when our featured topic will be “The Native Aquatic Plants of Texas” with Casey Williams.  Free and open to the public. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.  Our guest speaker’s presentation begins after a short business meeting. Updated July 22: We will know closer to the date […]

Gardening for Monarchs & Other Wildlife Using Native Plants

As part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Monarch Stewards Certification Program, the Federation is offering Gardening for Monarchs & Other Wildlife with Native Plants in your Ecoregion. This interactive two-day workshop will be hosted online (via Zoom) on August 7th (9:00 am-4:30 pm CST), and August 9th (9:00 am-4:30 pm CST), with plenty of breaks […]

$55
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 […]

Rainwater Harvesting – August 14

Robert Mace, Executive Director & Chief Water Policy Officer, with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment Coming Soon! Register here for this virtual event.

Executive Committee Meeting

Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Committee meetings occur monthly and any member may attend. Contact the Executive Director prior to the meeting at state@npsot.org for Zoom and applicable document links. Please be prepared to follow the Visitor’s Executive Meeting Protocol.

Time to Restore: Connecting People, Plants, and Pollinators

The Time to Restore project, led by the USA-NPN and covering Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, seeks to generate better information about nectar availability and seed timing to help those working on pollinator restoration know what to plant and when to harvest seeds. Help shape this important project! In this free, two-hour virtual workshop, […]

August Trinity Forks Business Meeting & Program – How to Grow Native Plants from Seeds

via Zoom Only. Please Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodeCtrzoiE9LnBQR0XcOYymsF2Li5-B4G After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 6:30 pm - Social time7:00 pm - Announcements followed by presentation This event is sponsored by the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, You can attend this […]

Collin County Chapter – Member 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 invited to participate and there is no minimum length, but we request presentations to be limited to 10 minutes. The only requirement is that you […]

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.

Executive Committee Meeting

Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Committee meetings occur monthly and any member may attend. Contact the Executive Director prior to the meeting at state@npsot.org for Zoom and applicable document links. Please be prepared to follow the Visitor’s Executive Meeting Protocol.

Tracking Shifts in Food Availability for Monarchs and Other Pollinators – September 24

Monarchs depend on a diverse suite of host plants along their migration path. Knowledge of when and where plants are leafing and flowering, and how climate change is shifting the timing, is critical for understanding availability of food resources. In this presentation I will describe how the USA National Phenology Network engages volunteer and professional […]

Free

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.

(Tentative) Executive Committee Meeting

NOTE: this meeting may not occur due to it's proximity to the Fall Symposium. Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Committee meetings occur monthly and any member may attend. Contact the Executive Director prior to the meeting at state@npsot.org for Zoom and applicable document links. Please be prepared to follow the Visitor’s Executive Meeting Protocol.

Annual State Meeting of Members

Annual State Meeting of Members Hybrid Event. Exact time and location TBD. Additional information will be added when available.

Q4 State Board Meeting – Nov 2

Chapter members are welcome, but not everyone may vote. Voting members include chapter presidents, executive officers, and state standing committee chairs. Native Plant Society of Texas members receive an email with a registration link about one week prior to the State Board meeting. Please watch for it and come to the meeting!

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.

Executive Committee Meeting

Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Committee meetings occur monthly and any member may attend. Contact the Executive Director prior to the meeting at state@npsot.org for Zoom and applicable document links. Please be prepared to follow the Visitor’s Executive Meeting Protocol.

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.

Executive Committee Meeting

Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Committee meetings occur monthly and any member may attend. Contact the Executive Director prior to the meeting at state@npsot.org for Zoom and applicable document links. Please be prepared to follow the Visitor’s Executive Meeting Protocol.

An Assessment of Native Seed Needs and the Capacity for Their Supply – December 17

A 2023 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says the insufficient supply of seeds from native plants is a major barrier to ecological restoration and other revegetation projects across the United States. The report calls for concerted action to build a more robust native seed supply and industry, especially as climate […]

Free

Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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Event Series Austin Chapter Meeting

Austin Chapter Meeting

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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