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Doug Tallamy Webinar – Aug 23

The Collin County Master Gardeners Association would like to invite you to a FREE webinar to hear the world-famous entomologist and proponent for the benefits of native plants—Dr. Doug Tallamy.

Southwest U.S. Native Plants Workshop (Online Webinar)

Half Moon Education, Live Webinars Event Fee: $319.00 This six-hour course will instruct design professional on how to utilize and maintain native plants in the southwest United States to support wildlife, promote pollinators, and increase urban climate resilience. Additionally, the course will examine how climate change has altered habitats in the southwest, provide strategies for […]

$319.00

Seed Propagation Class – Clear Lake

Clear Lake Chapter - Seed Propagation class taught by Martha Richeson and Marty Shows at EIH. A UHCL parking permit is necessary.

Wildscapes Workshop & Native Plant Sale – September 23

Join us for an educational event, nature book sale, silent auction, and local plant sale. This year our speakers will discuss some of the most under-appreciated garden guests in our wildscapes: wasps, amphibians, and spiders.

NLCP Class Austin: Level 1, Introduction to Native Landscapes

Registration is open now! Click here for details and to sign up. For more details about the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) please click here for the class descriptions and click here for the upcoming class schedules statewide. October 18: The in class portion will be presented via Zoom. October 19: The plant walk portion […]

Level 1 – Introduction to Native Landscapes

Clear Lake - Level 1 Class - In-person or online. Learn about the benefits of native plants, desirable plants for your area and design considerations for your landscape.

$45

NLCP Level 3 (Installation and Maintenance) Course

Recognize the differences between native and non-native landscapes. Become familiar with how to install the different types of native plants into a landscape, including: plant choice, purchase, placement, spacing; soil choice; bed and soil preparation; planting seeds and plants; mulching. This class offered by Pines and Prairies Chapter features plants native to the Montgomery, Grimes, […]

$50 – $65

Seed Cleaning Class

Friday, February 16 — Clear Lake Chapter — Seed Cleaning class by Rowena McDermid at EIH.

Outreach: Growing Native Milkweed

Saturday, March 2 — Join us at Friendswood Garden Emporium for a presentation on how to grow native milkweed taught by Greg Pearson.

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop – Upper Medina River Watershed – Bandera, March 5th

This workshop is being co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, […]

Free

Plant Propagation Class

Tuesday, March 19 — Clear Lake Chapter — Hands-on Plant Propagation class at EIH. Learn how to propagate by cuttings and seeds.

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop – Arroyo Colorado Watershed

The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s) […]

Level 1 – Introduction to Native Landscapes

Saturday, May 4 — Clear Lake — Level 1 Class - In-person or online. Learn about the benefits of native plants, desirable plants for your area and design considerations for your landscape.

$45

Outreach: Growing Native Milkweed

Saturday, May 18 — Join Greg Pearson at Friendswood Garden Emporium for a presentation on how to grow native milkweed.

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop – Pedernales River Watershed – June 6th

This in person workshop is being co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Research and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian […]

Native Milkweed 101

June 18 – In-person class. Tips for successfully growing your own native milkweed plants from seeds.

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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