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Native Trees of the Piney Woods, Collin County Chapter Meeting – Aug 2023

“Native Trees of the Piney Woods” We will be discussing the overall makeup of the fascinating, extremely diverse Piney Woods ecoregion,and take an armchair hike into the woodlands of East Texas to look at some of the moreinteresting trees found there. This is a hybrid meeting, with in-person attendees meeting in Laughlin Hall at the Heard […]

Event Series Native Garden Workday

Native Garden Workday

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country 4831 FM2673, Canyon Lake, Texas, United States

Please join us at the Heritage Museum to help maintain the Lindheimer Chapter's Demonstration Garden. Please bring water, closed toe shoes, gloves, and your favorite gardening tools. Contact Mickey Riviere at mr0752@gvtc.com or Peggy Haley at phaley@gt.rr.com to confirm the workday.

Sustainability at DFW Airport, North Central Chapter Meeting – Aug 3

Speaker: Sarah Ziomek Fort Worth Botanic Gardens 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 the Zoom meeting:https://npsot-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkcemurj8tG9DucyK4JODmWo4OE_3HMPTW After registering, […]

2023 Q3 State Board Meeting

Chapter members are welcome, but not everyone may vote. Voting members include chapter presidents and Executive Board officers. Registration information will be added when available.

August 2023 Chapter Leader Forum

Topic: New Plant Sale Tools for the Native Plant Database Description: The Native Plant Database Subcommittee will present some new tools that can be used to promote Chapter Plant Sales: 1) How to create a plant list with photos and links to the database that can be posted on your website, 2) How to use […]

Event Series Native Garden Workday

Native Garden Workday

Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture 1370 Churchill Drive, New Braunfels, Texas, United States

Please join us at the Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture to help maintain the Lindheimer Chapter's native demonstration garden. Please bring water, closed toe shoes, gloves, and your favorite gardening tools. Contact Craig Bruska at craigbruska@hotmail.com for details and to confirm the workday.

NPSOT Executive Board Meeting

Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Executive Board 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.

Native Orchid Conservation Across Texas – Williamson County Chapter Meeting, August 10

Join NPSOT-Williamson County on Thursday, August 10, 2023, when our featured topic will be Native Orchid Conservation Across Texas with Adam Black.  Free and open to the public. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.  Our guest speaker’s presentation begins after a short business meeting. About our topic: From the Pineywoods to the Chihuahuan Desert, various species […]

Fall Gardening Seminar

Located in the Grand Hall at NRH Centre Address: 6000 Hawk Ave, North Richland Hills, TX 76180 Come see us at the North Richland Hills Common Ground Fall Gardening Seminar! Our North Central Chapter will have an information table to hand out wildflower seed packets and educational information for this event in North Richland Hills. Presentations […]

NPAT Dowell Ranch 2nd Saturday Volunteer Day – Cancelled due to heat

Starting this year, NPSOT Austin will be collaborating with NPAT to promote Texas native plants and restoration of native prairies. As part of that collaboration we would like to encourage our members to participate in NPAT work days.Join us for volunteer projects on NPAT’s Dowell Ranch Preserve. We will be working on various restoration projects […]

Small Scale Land Restoration – A Case Study – Aug 15

Tye Preston Memorial Library 16311 S. Access Road, Canyon Lake, Texas

Join the Lindheimer Chapter for a presentation from Meg Inglis, the Executive Director of the Native Plant Society. This in-person meeting will also be available over Zoom, click here for details on how to join. "When my husband and I built our home on two acres near Dripping Springs we decided to use native plants […]

August 2023 Austin Chapter Meeting – Native Prairie Association of Texas: Dowell Ranch Prairie Restoration – August 15

  Please join us for our August Chapter meeting with our guest speaker Kirsti Harms. Kirsti Harms, Executive Director of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a longtime Austinite. She served on NPAT board leadership from 2008 to 2017. After retiring from her day job at the Texas Department of Transportation’s Travel Information […]

Chapter Leader Forum: New Plant Sale Tools for the Native Plant Database

Topic: New Plant Sale Tools for the Native Plant Database Description: The Native Plant Database Subcommittee will present some new tools that can be used to promote Chapter Plant Sales: 1) How to create a plant list with photos and links to the database that can be posted on your website, 2) How to use an online […]

Urban Permaculture – August 17

Permaculture is coined from permanent culture and integrates a holistic perspective in the design of sustainability in food, housing and community. Carol will provide an introduction to urban permaculture and review the work of Urban Harvest Permaculture Design Certification Program to bring forward the reconnection to ecological wisdom principles. She will highlight native plants, layers of a food forest, and plant guilds to restore nature and strengthen food access. 

Member Garden Tour NPSOT Austin

Our host and NPSOT member, Tom Heger, will show us around his undeveloped 6-acre property. We will have a chance to see some areas where he is working on restoration plantings. Click on this link to the plant list if you would like to help with that during the tour. Parking is limited on the […]

Mimic a Natural Woodland in Your Own Yard – Aug 22

St. Joseph's Halle 212 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, Texas, United States

This month’s meeting of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will focus on creating a landscape that mimics a natural woodland habitat. In its native state, a natural woodland is an open meadow dotted with dense clumps of trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers.

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.

Event Series Native Garden Workday

Native Garden Workday

Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture 1370 Churchill Drive, New Braunfels, Texas, United States

Please join us at the Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture to help maintain the Lindheimer Chapter's native demonstration garden. Please bring water, closed toe shoes, gloves, and your favorite gardening tools. Contact Craig Bruska at craigbruska@hotmail.com for details and to confirm the workday.

Event Series Northeast Texas Chapter Meeting

August Program – Northeast Texas Chapter – Daniel Duncum: Native Trees NOT Typically Found in Local Nurseries / Followed by Chapter Business Meeting- August 24

August Program: TBD Location: 706 West Cotton Street, Longview, TX 75604 You probably haven’t seen Gum Bumelia or Eastern Hop Hornbeam in your local garden center, but they are some of the native trees that grace our east Texas woods. Learn about these and other native trees that are rare gems in the nursery trade. […]

Event Series NPSOT Growing Area Project

NPSOT Austin Growing Area Project, 4th Saturday Workdays, Cancelled due to heat.

Dowell Ranch Preserve 301 West FM 1626, Manchaca, TX, United States

We have started a new collaboration with the Native Prairie Association of Texas, on their 150 acre Dowell Ranch Preserve. In return for allowing us to hold our plant sales and store equipment, we will assist with their prairie restoration. Part of these activities will be to grow native plants that can be used for […]

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

Field Trip to Doremus Nursery

Doremus Nursery is located at 2167 County Rd 1550, Warren, TX. Details will be posted at a later date.

August Chapter Meeting – Craig Hensley

Speaker: Craig HensleyNative Plants, Butterflies, and other Pollinators: Making Connections Native plants and pollinators, including butterflies, fit together hand in glove. Without one you don’t have much of the other. Join TPWD Texas Nature Trackers Biologist Craig Hensley for a look at a variety of native plants that attract pollinators, whether for nectar, pollen or […]

Native American Seed, George Cates – Aug 28

Hill Country Chapter NPSOT Chapter Meeting George Cates was born and raised in North Texas (Sherman). As a kid he enjoyed competitive sports, especially soccer, and spending the summers on his grandparent’s small ranch in Manchaca, TX. There, he developed his love of and respect for nature, through fishing, hunting, camping, and exploring with his […]

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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