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Work day at RGVNPC – July 14

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually […]

No Chapter Meeting in July

We take the month off with chapter meetings, so please join us in August for the next chapter meeting.

Work day at RGVNPC – July 17

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually […]

Stewardship for Birds in Aquatic & Riparian Habitats

Speakers: Coauthors of Land Stewardship for Birds - Jan Wrede: Environmental Educator and Writer; Rufus Stephens: Wildlife Biologist Riparian corridors have the greatest diversity of bird species and the greatest […]

Chapter Leader Forum

Please join us as Craig Bruska talks about the native seed library program that he set up between the Lindheimer chapter and the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake this year.

Work day at RGVNPC – July 22

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

Belinda McLaughlin “Native Ground Covers”

Even the most perfect landscapes have problem areas - too hard to mow, too steep to maintain, too wet, not enough sunlight. Belinda McLaughlin will introduce all sorts of native plants that can help resolve those difficulties in our landscapes AND add beauty and diversity to our gardens. She will get you on your way […]

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.

Dear NLCP Committee Members,  This Monday begins our first meeting of 2024. We will meet at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month on this Zoom link:  https://npsot-org.zoom.us/j/87628189964?pwd=NUdBV3ZTSzFVMjJjTnpycjlQTGRJQT09.  We're a small committee, and we don't get to see each other in person very often, so please plan to join with your camera on.  See […]

Work day at RGVNPC – July 23

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

Seed Cleaning Workshop

Tuesday, July 23 – In-person class. Learn how to clean seed heads and harvest seeds.

Work day at RGVNPC – July 24

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

Work day at RGVNPC – July 25

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

Learning the Aquatic Plants of Texas: Habitats, Ecology and Identification

By: Casey Williams, NPSOT's 2022 Shirley Lusk Memorial Award award recipient. Casey is recognized for collecting ~ 350 specimens, with a focus on aquatic plants of Texas, with collections housed at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth and the University of Texas at Austin. Seminar Location: Meadows Center for Water and the […]

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July Trinity Forks Business Meeting & Program – “Native Plants in Schools”

6:30pm – Social time7:00pm – Hybrid classroom/Zoom meeting opens. We hope you can join our meeting in person at TWU's Ann Stuart Science Complex.  Campus parking is open after 6:00pm. If you can’t join us in person, we invite you to our Zoom meeting.ZOOM PARTICIPANTS ONLY: Please Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodeCtrzoiE9LnBQR0XcOYymsF2Li5-B4G After registering, youwill receive […]

Work day at RGVNPC – July 26

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

Work day at RGVNPC – July 29

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

Work day at RGVNPC – July 30

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

Work day at RGVNPC – July 31

Come out and volunteer with us at the Rio Grande Valley Native Plant Center on South Padre Island. Bring your garden tools, water, and snacks. While mosquitos are not usually bad, bring some bug spray just in case. We start early to take advantage of the cool mornings and stop when the day gets hot. […]

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 […]

Pines and Prairies NLCP Committee Meeting

Dear NLCP Committee Members,  This Monday begins our first meeting of 2024. We will meet at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month on this Zoom link:  https://npsot-org.zoom.us/j/87628189964?pwd=NUdBV3ZTSzFVMjJjTnpycjlQTGRJQT09.  We're a small committee, and we don't get to see each other in person very often, so please plan to join with your camera on.  See […]

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.

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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